Sunday 28 May 2017

It was a rocky start, but softly spoken Frances displays her steely side too

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Interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan meets Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on the steps of the Department of Justice yesterday. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan meets Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on the steps of the Department of Justice yesterday. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE first day in a new job is always a bit fraught. And thus in an ideal world, Cabinet reshuffles take place before a parliamentary recess in order to give the newbie ministers a chance to read into their briefs.

But most reshuffles are creatures of events, and such was the case this week when Frances Fitzgerald was catapulted overnight from the calm waters of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs into the roiling, shark-infested seas of the Justice Department.

It wasn't so much a case of the Dublin Mid-West TD and former social worker hitting the ground running on her first day, as hitting the ground and zigzagging through a field of unstable landmines, any one of which was liable to detonate if she put a foot wrong.

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