The Edge: Tender is the night for FG's Michelle and solicitor Jack
Enda hasn't named a date yet. But An Taoiseach's running partner in County Mayo had a date of another kind in Dublin on Christmas week. And it was organised through Fine Gael circles, too.
Allow your diarist to explain. Hotly tipped FG Senator Catherine Noone is clearly adding match-maker to her list of qualifications (solicitor etc) - as she fixed fellow FG stalwart Michelle Mulherin (inset) up with her pal, dashing Jack O'Brien, solicitor and ex-husband of Michael Smurfit's lovely daughter Sharon a few weeks ago. After Catherine (who spent the Yuletide at home in Mayo with her tax consultant beau Barry Flanagan) made the introductions, chivalrous Jack rang Michelle and asked her out. Catherine, who has known Jack for years through legal circles, came along as a form of chaperone on the night with Aine Collins TD - who, lest we forget, was once grabbed by her FG colleague Tom Barry onto his lap in the Dail chamber during a debate. Anyway, no doubt you are lapping up all these romantic details. So, I'll continue. . .
Michelle, Jack and the two chaperones met up in a pub on Sussex Terrace in Leeson Street, O'Brien's, at 9.30pm for a few scoops (but none as big as this particular scoop, say you) before heading on to House on Lower Leeson Street at midnight; where the romantic duo (plus mini dating agency Catherine and Aine) stayed until 1.30am. So how did Michelle and Jack's tender evening go? And will they meet up again? (Apologies if I am starting to sound like - whatever about look like - Cilla Black on Blind Date.) A friend of both of them told me: "They are both great fun and both lovely people and they got on great that night. So who knows? I know Jack seems very keen on her."