Wednesday 21 February 2018

O'Donnell hints at penning her memoir

RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, left, and former PD deputy leader Liz O’Donnell at the 12th An Cosan’s fundraising Women’s Day lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel.
RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, left, and former PD deputy leader Liz O’Donnell at the 12th An Cosan’s fundraising Women’s Day lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

FORMER minister of state Liz O'Donnell could follow in the literary footsteps of Mary O'Rourke and sit down to pen a memoir.

Ms O'Donnell said that since entering the next phase of her career, the idea of writing a memoir of her professional life is becoming more and more appealing.

The former deputy leader of the Progressive Democrats said that thanks to a colourful career in the Dail until her retirement in 2007, she wouldn't be short of something to say.

"I was approached to do a memoir before, but at the time I thought I was too young or kind of not ready yet.

"But I think that now I'm finding my voice through writing, it's coming easier to me to have a different voice to a political voice," said Ms O'Donnell, who is an Irish Independent columnist.

"When you're a politician for 15 years there's a gravitas in one's presentation that you have to have. But now that I'm out of that I can be more relaxed and open in my views – I don't have to worry about embarrassing the party, or the nation.

"I've a good story to tell, I've had an interesting life in politics, and my five years as a minister was very rewarding and a great privilege."

Irish Independent

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