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The rise and rise of Green Party star Pippa (and her salary)

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Promotion: Pippa Hackett (right) with party leader Eamon Ryan at Leinster House earlier this month. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Promotion: Pippa Hackett (right) with party leader Eamon Ryan at Leinster House earlier this month. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Promotion: Pippa Hackett (right) with party leader Eamon Ryan at Leinster House earlier this month. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pippa Hackett has had a short but very charmed political career. This time last year, she was an Offaly county councillor after getting just 584 first preference votes in the local elections.

It was a good day for the Greens and Hackett sneaking in on the seventh count in a rural constituency was one of the more notable results of the day.

If she had hung around in the council long enough she would have earned around €17,000 a year along with a generous expenses regime.