Wednesday 28 June 2017

Truth is, Averil Power left Fianna Fail before it left her

Senator's departure from Fianna Fail is not the first time she has divided opinion

YOUNG BLOODS: Student leader Averil Power on the cover of ‘Trinty News’ in 2002
YOUNG BLOODS: Student leader Averil Power on the cover of ‘Trinty News’ in 2002
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

As a contentious student leader in Trinity College Dublin, she was portrayed as an arch-conservative who refused to support a student referendum on abortion.

She later went to work for on of the most conservative ministers in the previous Government, Mary Hanafin, as a special adviser earning a salary of about €100,000 a year.

But since her election to the Seanad in 2011, Averil Power has become a leading liberal voice on social issues.

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