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As housing minister, O'Brien's performance will largely decide FF's fate in government

John Downing


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Talking shop: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured in Malahide in 2018. Photo: Maxwells

Talking shop: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured in Malahide in 2018. Photo: Maxwells

Talking shop: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured in Malahide in 2018. Photo: Maxwells

If Fianna Fáil is to face down its dreaded Sinn Féin threat, it will have to show real results on housing. So, enter Darragh O'Brien, the new Housing Minister who has a mega challenge ahead of him.

Put that another way, O'Brien is already in the Opposition crosshairs, far more so than the other big Fianna Fáil target, Stephen Donnelly, that other Greystones resident taking up the cross of Health Minister.

Don't get me wrong: Sinn Féin, Labour, the Social Democrats, the various Independents and the smaller leftist groups do look forward to putting Stephen Donnelly on the spot about the many problems you can always expect from the health system.