Thursday 29 June 2017

Calamity Coughlan must leave the table

Ireland simply cannot afford the luxury of the Tanaiste's litany of gaffes and misjudgements, writes Daniel McConnell

FAR from being the capable minister that her colleagues profess her to be, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has time and time again proven herself to be out of touch, gaffe-prone, incompetent and in over her head.

She was plucked from the political Siberia that is the Department of Agriculture, where her tomboy style and foul mouth won her many admirers, but since her elevation to second in command in government and to the Ministry of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, those qualities are woefully inadequate and even her closest colleagues now realise she's not up to it.

While she is genuinely good company, a gregarious character and has suffered considerable personal loss and trauma in her life, her abject failure in the Michael O'Leary Hangar Six debacle is the latest in a line of misjudgements and idiotic calamities that have destroyed her political clout and credibility.

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