Lieshout

Yesterday, The Sunday Times reported that President Michael Higgins’ chief adviser, Mary Van Lieshout, above, resigned from her job just 18 months into her position.

The paper suggested the growing influence of Mr Higgins’s executive assistant Kevin McCarthy – and the apparent need to constantly go through Mr McCarthy in order to communicate with Mr Higgins – was one of the main reasons Ms Van Lieshout quit.

The president lifted the wage cap of €80,000 to pay Ms Van Lieshout a salary of €103,000.

However, this morning, the Irish Independent reports:

‘”There is no basis for the main contention of this report. Meetings are arranged through the Mr Higgins’s private secretary not through Mr McCarthy, and no one has any difficulties in relation to access to the President,” a source said.’

Hmm.

Shock resignation: Áras plays down rift as President Higgins aide quits (Irish Independent)

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