Wednesday 25 April 2018

Politicians walk 'the walk' for great cause

Fashionistas: Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Michelle Mulherin
Fashionistas: Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Michelle Mulherin
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

The rush on posh frocks is rampant this week, and there's one woman to blame – Norah Casey.

No, the publishing magnate and radio broadcaster isn't buying them all, it's her excited guests who will do the honours when they attend Nora's annual Women of the Year awards at the Four Seasons next Saturday.

It's always one of the best nights of the year, and preparations this weekend are quite something.

Meanwhile, there was more than a little belt-watching going on in the Dáil this week – and I'm not talking budgetary moves here, but pure vanity.

The second annual Oireachtas Charity Show takes place in the Shelbourne Hotel on November 12, and stylist Marietta Doran has been very persuasive in encouraging politicos "to walk", as they say in fashion parlance.

When Deputy Nicky McFadden was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2012, her Oireachtas friend and colleague Jimmy Deenihan asked Doran to organise a fashion show to generate funds for Motor Neuron Disease research. More than €20,000 was raised last year, and this year's event, sponsored by Newstalk, hopes to bring in even more.

Fine Gael's Simon Coveney, Richard Bruton and Deenihan have all signed up for catwalk duties along with Dublin South East posterboy Eoghan Murphy.

Of course, no Oireachtas fashion event could take place without blonde bombshell Mary Mitchell O'Connor, for whom style is a badge of honour, and jokes about her driving are greeted with the widest smile.

The politicians will be joined by models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell. Email bernadette.lee@ for tickets or call 01-6313806.

Irish Independent

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