Friday 19 January 2018

Career change after economic crash renewed my sense of purpose

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
faced questions from the UN on
human rights issues in Ireland
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald faced questions from the UN on human rights issues in Ireland
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

I wanted to be a fashion designer. But secondary school in 1970s Ireland was not exactly focused on anything other than the bank or civil service. If only I'd known how to study, I could be on a fat bonus and pension package or a mandarin in Leinster House, or both.

I eventually trained as an interior designer, when there were only 10 in the phone book.

The novelty of that wore off after I discovered I wasn't cut out for counselling – which is what a lot of interior design results in.

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