Sunday 21 October 2018

Mary Mitchell O'Connor partied in Coppers last night but confirms she didn't 'get the shift'

Leo Varadkar and ministers party into the early hours of the morning

Mary Mitchell o'Connor with son Steven Mitchell in Copper Face Jacks. Picture; @Steviemitchell
Mary Mitchell o'Connor with son Steven Mitchell in Copper Face Jacks. Picture; @Steviemitchell Newsdesk Newsdesk

FINE Gael ministers and TDs celebrated Leo Varadkar’s election as Taoiseach with a night out in one of Dublin’s most infamous nightclubs.

After receiving their seals of office from President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtarain, most of the Cabinet including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar decamped to Copper Face Jacks.

Mr Varadkar spoke briefly at the event, telling the crowd it would be his last attendance at a nightclub for “a number of years”.

The invite only party was attended by TDs, senators, Fine Gael staff and supporters of the new Taoiseach.

Among the ministers who enjoyed the night were Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Super junior ministers Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Paul Kehoe and Chief Whip Joe McHugh also attended.

And in the era of ‘new politics’ Independent TDs Michael Healy Rae and Mattie McGrath were allowed in.

“It was a brilliant night but everybody was on their best behaviour,” said a source.

Mary Mitchell O'Connor's son Steven wrote on Twitter: "Brought my mother to @CopperFaceJacks"

Ms Mitchell O'Connor retweeted the snap which also included the official Fine Gael handle and that of new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

A source said a number of other politicians, including the new Taoiseach, were there with many of the crew still dancing at 4am.

"There was a very good atmosphere and people were very happy. Leo was there with Matt and he was in great form. Paschal Donohoe was there but it was mostly Fine Gael workers and supporters.

"It was jovial it was fun."

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan later tweeted an image of Mr Varadkar speaking at the venue. He wrote: "Copper face Jacks is rocking tonight!!" contacted Ms Mitchell O'Connor but she declined to comment.

When asked if she "got the shift", the Dún Laoghaire TD laughed: "I didn't".

It emerged last night that Ms O'Connor was initially offered a super-junior minister position with responsibility for equality and law reform.

However, she expressed concerns about the portfolio, forcing Mr Varadkar into a rethink., who is a former primary school principal, was then given the option of a role in higher education.

And what better way to start her role than by visiting Coppers - a favourite hotspot of students across the city.

Copper Face Jacks, on Dublin's Harcourt Street, is the country's best known club.

Last year it was revealed that the club had turned its cash mountain into a whopping €54.8m.

Accounts for the company that operates the venue revealed tha its pre-tax profits last year totalled €5 million - or €97,657 per week.

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