Top lawyer a political animal who is 'virtually unknown' to some peers
Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00
IN appointing a backroom star of the party as Attorney General, Labour has left itself open to the accusation that it has engaged in an act of political cronyism that not even Fianna Fail could trump.
Earlier this week Senior Counsel Maire Whelan, who transformed the Labour Party's finances as its national treasurer -- reputably working up to 40 hours a week for the party -- made legal history when she became the first woman to be appointed Attorney General.
Whelan, a married mother of one, has broken the mould and not just because she is the first female to become chief legal adviser to the State.