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Sarah Carey


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Dusting himself down: Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary during a session of Dáil Eireann at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Collins

Dusting himself down: Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary during a session of Dáil Eireann at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Collins

Dusting himself down: Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary during a session of Dáil Eireann at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Collins

I'm not usually one for sympathising with the thwarted ambitions of men. 'Jobs for the boys' is a story in which this girl is normally left fuming on the sidelines.

But my sad familiarity with the incandescent rage of losing out on a job means that, unlike others, I fully understood the frustrations of Dara Calleary, Willie O'Dea and Michael Moynihan this week.

A sense of entitlement doesn't win hearts and minds but many of us have been there. When you believe you'd be brilliant at the job you've always wanted, it's perfectly normal to be angry. In fact, I'm not sure I'd like someone who accepted disappointment passively, despite the popularity of mindfulness these days.