Gay and George -- a tale of two cousins
When Gay Mitchell talks about the hardships of his youth, he has every reason to be proud of his later success. Unlike his criminal cousin. Gemma O'Doherty reports
Almost every time he speaks in public now, Gay Mitchell recalls his deprived childhood in the gritty Dublin suburb of Inchicore.
Critics say he has started to sound like a broken record. Some in his inner circle fear his constant Frank McCourt-style recollections are becoming a turn-off for the electorate and played a role in his disastrous rating in this week's poll.
Since his presidential campaign began, the Fine Gael candidate has told the story of his mother's early widowhood time and again, and how she was left on her own to rear nine children at the age of 49.