Saturday 18 November 2017

How does Nóirín the wife, the mother, the friend deal with the public condemnation?

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

How is Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan not cracking up? Let's forget the title and job for a minute and ask how the woman, the mum, wife, the neighbour and friend is finding life. Because for a small cohort of people, that's how they know her.

It's not from the latest opinion polls (65pc have no confidence in her to lead An Garda Síochána), or the headlines (she's facing battles ranging from rogue breath tests to phone tapping to whistleblowers) or even the numerous television appearances, most notably in front of Oireachtas committees defending herself.

It can sometimes be hard for us to see high-profile people as 'ordinary', but deep down, of course, we all are. Ms O Sullivan goes shopping, gets her hair done, visits her kids and the dentist just like us.

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