Thursday 22 February 2018

Carol Hunt: Don't risk your career for your conscience

Lucinda Creighton is an excellent politician, regardless of her views on abortion

LUCINDA CREIGHTON: Minister is concerned about 'suicide clause' in the proposed abortion legislation
LUCINDA CREIGHTON: Minister is concerned about 'suicide clause' in the proposed abortion legislation
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

'DON'T see a great election wasted. Vote sensibly,' was the tag line on a beer mat in 2007. It was courtesy of wannabe TD Lucinda Creighton, who subsequently went on to become the baby of the Dail that year. She seemed a sensible and appropriate choice for leafy, liberal Dublin South East.

On the evening of the election count I watched her as she was surrounded by well-wishers and family, ecstatic that she had nabbed herself a seat in the 30th Dail. I recall nudging the friend beside me and commenting, "We need more like her"; bright, smart, modern young women who didn't owe their political seats to 'Daddy' but to their own hard work, commitment and smarts.

Six years on and Creighton has just completed a gruelling six months as Minister of State for European Affairs during Ireland's presidency of the EU.

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