Tuesday 21 October 2014

Aodhan upstaged by US sister act

Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30

TD Aodhan O’Riordain has tea with Sister Mairead, left, and Sister Justin

During a recent trip to New York, Labour TD Aodhan O'Riordain went to visit a relation, his aunt, Sister Mairead, who lives in a small religious community in New Jersey.

While he was chatting to his aunt, another nun approached – and Sister Justin turned out to be an aunt of Independent TD Mick Wallace.

"Like my own aunt who was a real campaigner, Mick's aunt had also led a fascinating life and had spent time in Bolivia and Peru," explained the Dublin Bay North TD.

And just as he was pondering this coincidence, another woman arrived over to the table. "One of my family is in the Dail," declared Margaret Treacy, who turned out to be the cousin of Labour TD Michael McNamara's father.

"What are the odds that three TDs would have relations in this home in New Jersey?" asked Aodhan.

The odds must be long, in fairness. But the Labour Party should give thanks for such a stroke of serendipity – given the perilous position of the junior coalition partners, a few words in the ear of the Man Upstairs might be timely.

Irish Independent

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