Sunday 19 November 2017

After four crises in four months, it is Halligan's time to bow out

John Halligan hit four speed bumps over four months in office as a Junior Minister. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Halligan hit four speed bumps over four months in office as a Junior Minister. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Downing

John Downing

They may not be singing the aul shut-eye number Goodbye Johnny Dear because all sides seem capable of coping with the sorrow of parting.

John Halligan hit four speed bumps over four months in office as a Junior Minister. He is a courteous, decent and talented man, with a flair for politics and an ability to get votes.

But he is not now, nor has he ever been, culturally or politically ready for the tough place that is government.

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