Fianna Fail's rising star may now be left out in political cold
It hasn't been the most auspicious of starts to a new year for ambitious Fianna Fail senator Maria Corrigan. It was looking quite promising -- she had settled into the Seanad quickly after her surprise nomination by the Taoiseach last August in the wake of the General Election, and had begun to make her mark as a vocal authority on issues relating to disability and mental health. And, with an eye on the future, the psychologist has already been talked up as the most likely replacement for Seamus Brennan's seat in Dublin South next time around.
Everything must have seemed fine when Joe Burke, her partner of over three years and long-time close compadre of Bertie Ahern, collected her from her home on New Year's Day and drove her to the airport. The couple had attended a party the evening before at the Taoiseach's St Luke's constituency office.