Saturday 22 July 2017

'Voters don't like the Taoiseach because he's not cool'

Fine Gael's new outspoken TD Kate O'Connell talks party leadership, the old men's club, and what led to FG's disastrous election result, with Philip Ryan

Plans: Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell. Photo: David Conachy
Plans: Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell. Photo: David Conachy
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A common trait among new TDs, and indeed many experienced parliamentarians, is an inability to speak their mind publicly.

Most would rather read the weekly briefing notes emailed to their inboxes from party headquarters and repeat the political messaging ad nauseam when questioned on the issues of the day.

They prefer to stick to script, toe the party line and avoid upsetting the officer classes over fear their careers might not progress.

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