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Locals admire Roisin's fighting spirit

THE minister may have resigned, but it was as if a new queen had been crowned in her home base of north Dublin yesterday.

Close to her large detached house on Iveragh Road, Whitehall, neighbours gathered to hail the Good Queen Roisin Dubh, who battled valiantly against Bottler the Bearded Beast. And lost.

However, not everybody in her Dublin North West constituency believes Ms Shortall was right to quit at this time. Austin Byrne (above), a retired engineer, believes she should have stayed on to fight.

"Her parliamentary colleagues should have supported her," he said.

Although there was regret that she had stepped down -- and a suggestion from some that she had jumped the gun -- local voters backed her all the way in her bitter dispute with James Reilly.

At the bingo hall near her home in Whitehall, Roisin was "Son of a Gun, Number One", while Mr Reilly was "Dirty Gertie".

Noreen Caplis from Santry (above) said: "It is wrong that Roisin had to resign while James Reilly stays as minister. She should be in his job. She's a much better person."

Lisa Doherty, working behind the counter at Shay's Costcutter grocery shop in Whitehall, said of local voters: "They admire how she stood up for herself."

Irish Independent