Family comes first despite promises
FAMILY feeling is very strong in Ireland. It seems to be exceptionally strong in the corridors of power. Several Fine Gael and Labour junior ministers in the new Government have hired close relations to work for them in Leinster House or in their constituencies -- against the wishes of the two parties' leaderships.
Ciaran Cannon (Training and Skills) employs his wife as his secretary and his brother-in-law as a driver. Shane McEntee (Agriculture) has also appointed two family members: his daughter and his sister share the job of personal assistant.
On the Labour side of the Coalition, Kathleen Lynch (Health) employs her husband as her personal assistant. A sister of Sean Sherlock (Enterprise) works in his office. Willie Penrose (Housing) employs his brother.