Higgins's former Golf partner becomes driving force at Aras
Ferrying Michael D Higgins as he pitched for the presidency paid off for the keen executive assistant
DRIVING thousands of miles around the countryside in a second-hand Golf on chilly mornings would eventually tax the most seasoned of politicians. But for a 70-year-old member of the Labour literati pitching the Presidency, and recovering from a knee injury to boot, the schedule must have been gruelling.
Luckily for Michael D Higgins, he found a calming foil in a young and willing driver from west Cork called Kevin McCarthy. If there was any sign of anxiety on the way to a function or an event, Kevin was the one who would offer reassurance that, yes, they would get there on time, or 'don't worry, there'll be a great turnout at the function'.
So campaign insiders said they were not in the least surprised when, days into his election to the highest office in the land, President Michael D Higgins appointed his former driver as his executive assistant on a salary of €49,000 a year.