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After a rocky time in government, Mary Mitchell O'Connor has rediscovered her mojo, writes Maeve Sheehan

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for State for Higher Education, in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for State for Higher Education, in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for State for Higher Education, in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Tony Gavin

'I've got my mojo back," declared Mary Mitchell O'Connor on the phone, soon after shaking up academia by launching gender wars on third-level institutions.

It was an unguarded remark that hinted at her tough times in government. But she's slow to elaborate when we later meet in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Ministers don't like to admit to misplacing mojos, but she could be forgiven for losing hers.


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