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Madigan must grasp need for questions and accountability

Philip Ryan


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Josepha Madigan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Josepha Madigan (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Josepha Madigan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Josepha Madigan is best known for her involvement in Maria Bailey's ill-judged decision to sue a hotel after she fell off a swing. Bailey got kicked out of Fine Gael and didn't run in the General Election.

Madigan did run and was successfully elected and is still in the ministry she was appointed to following the controversial resignation of former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald three years ago. I'm sure Bailey would like to have run and retained her seat.

Since her re-election, Madigan, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, it is fair to say, has not been as busy as some of her colleagues. I'm sure there have been some calls she had to make but she certainly has not faced the same challenges as say Tánaiste Simon Coveney or Health Minister Simon Harris or Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Or maybe even the Fianna Fáil politicians involved in government formation talks.