Friday 15 December 2017

Obama election machine isn't blueprint for female hopefuls

Barrack Obama Strategist Jen O'Malley Dillon during a Campaign Strategy workshop with Women for Election and female candidates running for the Local and European Elections 2014 at the European Parliament Offices,Dublin earlier this week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Barrack Obama Strategist Jen O'Malley Dillon during a Campaign Strategy workshop with Women for Election and female candidates running for the Local and European Elections 2014 at the European Parliament Offices,Dublin earlier this week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Barrack Obama Strategist Jen O'Malley Dillon during a Campaign Strategy workshop with Women for Election and female candidates running for the Local and European Elections 2014 at the European Parliament Offices,Dublin earlier this week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
James Downey

James Downey

Jen O'Malley-Dillon, former Obama strategist, has been giving tips on fighting elections to Irish women with political ambitions.

No doubt they have listened carefully. Anybody would – and should – listen carefully to a person described as an Obama strategist. US President Barack Obama's methods of fighting elections have been a world's wonder.

But do their huge successes on the far side of the Atlantic warrant emulation in Ireland?

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