Tuesday 25 July 2017

Will Kate be Enda's new Lucinda?

Newly elected Kate O'Connell spoke emotionally last week on why she felt the Eighth Amendment needed to be appealed. Photo: Tom Burke
Newly elected Kate O'Connell spoke emotionally last week on why she felt the Eighth Amendment needed to be appealed. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

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.

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