Will Kate be Enda's new Lucinda?
Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30
If this seems familiar, it is because it is just that. A young, good-looking woman, with a provincial background, but well dug in around the capital's leafier southern suburbs. She has pretty well everything all the parties are seeking - but lands a Dáil seat for Fine Gael.
Along with the attributes cited, she is an accomplished professional, and unabashed about revealing future political ambitions. But soon the party leadership learns that she comes with a tag which might be called "high maintenance".
When it comes to expressing dissident views, she is not backward about coming forward.
Are we talking about Lucinda Creighton, once a Fine Gael TD for those posh south Dublin parishes? Or, are we talking about her successor, Kate O'Connell?
Well, we could be talking about either or both, because there are considerable similarities.
O'Connell is originally from Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath. She has been a Dublin city councillor since 2014, runs two pharmacies with her husband, Morgan O'Connell, and has three children. She lives in Rathgar.
Ms O'Connell ran a formidable local Dáil campaign last February. But she also got considerable support from Fine Gael HQ.
She said that she loved "every minute" of the battle with rival Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton, a former rising star in Fine Gael who lost out.
This week she rounded on the Taoiseach for his failure to promote enough women in various positions. She did not mince words as she said the Seanad nominations were the "final nail in the female coffin".
In 2006, a young Mayo barrister with a great Young Fine Gael pedigree, Lucinda Creighton, got considerable support from the party leadership to set up in then-Dublin South East. She was soon at odds with Enda Kenny about a lack of preferment.
She took the anti-Kenny side in the June 2010 botched heave. But Kenny forgave her in March 2011, appointing her EU Affairs Minister. They parted company permanently in July 2013 over the abortion issue.