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Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell on the final People’s Debate last night

Last night.

TV3 broadcast its final People’s Debate with Vincent Browne from Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s constituency in Mayo.

Neither Taoiseach Enda Kenny nor Fine Gael TD Michael Ring attended.

Towards the end of the show, Mayo-born Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell stood up from her seat in the audience and said…

“If Enda Kenny is not here this evening, I am because I want to stand up for him. And I want to stand up for this Government. Robert Frost was asked, in front of the press, in 1965, ‘what is the greatest attribute a human being can have?’. And he answered, ‘courage’. Well, if you want to talk about Enda Kenny, we have to talk about courage, we have to talk about commitment and we have to talk about conviction. Yes.

“I have…I have the privilege of going around this country talking to groups and organisations and people and when I go around Mayo and I look at the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way, I can tell you this: I do not want to go into a ship that’s going into a storm. I want to be with a steady, recoverable government, that continues what it began. And you should be with it too.”

Right so.

You may recall Ms O’Donnell’s glowing report of Enda Kenny to Pat Kenny on RTÉ, following the general election in February 2011.

Ms O’Donnell was nominated to the Seanad by Mr Kenny on May 20, 2011.

Watch show back in full here (go to 90mins for Ms O’Donnell)

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46 thoughts on “Bold Move

  1. Whatevers

    The state of the various “candidates” last night, no wonder Enda’s won a seat there for the last 40 years if that’s what the standard is like

    1. dav

      a county of cowards and losers, with a hatred of those who are need of most help.
      I cite All Ireland football finals over the last 20 years and Aras Attracta to support my claim

  2. ahjayzis

    She retired from DCU to a 2 day a week, 20 week a year ‘job’ on 65k plus pension, thanks to Enda.

    Virulent, horrible yoke of a thing. Have to switch off when she comes on RTE with another tale of how she met some plebs down the country and weren’t they lovely and quaint, simple folk.

    1. mauriac

      her breathless hrt fueled rants are the maddest of mad dog poo on Irish radio and that’s a strong field..

      1. ahjayzis

        “breathless hrt fueled rants”

        I’;m going to giggle at this every time I hear her wheeze herself onto my radio. Windbag supports poobag shock.

  3. ollie

    Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell stands up for the man who appointed her to an extremely well paid part time job which guarantees a pension after only 5 years service.
    I’d thank the plank too, if I was her.
    Hard to believe she’s a lecturer in communications.

  4. Anne

    “Well, if you want to talk about Enda Kenny, we have to talk about courage”

    Ha. He’s so courageous he won’t come next nor near Vincent Browne. The imbecile.

    1. Anne

      I’m just re-reading that again.. ” if you want to talk about Enda Kenny, we have to talk about courage”

      I think I just puked a bit. That’s champion lick arsing that is.

      ” I do not want to go into a ship that’s going into a storm”
      Ah go on..

  5. ivan

    i understand, from a political point of view, why Kenny didn’t appear last night on the Peoples’ Debate. If he does, it alters the dynamic and it’s no longer a constituency discussion, but rather it’ll turn into a national one, and the “opposition” aren’t going to be as well genned up as perhaps they should be.

    On a more cynical note – he probably knows that he’ll lose more than he’ll gain by appearing, and that Michelle Mulherin (if the half hour i saw last night was anything to go by) will only gain votes from sympathetic voters who reckoned she was put in the firing line unfairly. So Kenny and Ring remain safe, and Mulherin gets a boost. Job’s a good ‘un.

  6. Peter

    She skipped the queue at Kilmainham Gaol (when others like Simon Harris and Paul Murphy queued), demanded that she be brought on the next tour (which had long since sold out) and then demanded to see management when her requests were refused. She was told that we can’t bend health and safety regulations for anyone, although she still attempted to push onto earlier tours with a ticket for a later one.

    She came across then as a complete self important t*ss*er. Considering she’s not even a TD, it’s a brutal attitude to have.

    What she had to say last night removed any semblance of a chance of me giving her the benefit of the doubt.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      My most hated personality trait or type is the one with the “Do you know who I am” attitude. This yoke of a thing sounds like a right proper one alright. Thanks for sharin’

  7. Maria

    MLOD also voted in the Seanad to have the water charges taken from your wages if you did not pay. She is just a loud mouthed air head. When I saw her in the audience I knew that she would not be able to keep her big mouth shut. I’ll miss Vincent when he retires but I hope that he takes that horrible woman with him.

  8. Eoin

    Who does this stupid woman think she is talking to? Courage? Seriously? Here’s a more prominent Kenny trait, incompetence! Lets hear about that. She is as thick as two planks. Hasn’t even the sense to abandon a sinking ship. Probably how she got to be a senator. Anyway, she’s just confirmed her foolishness in trying to defend that other complete idiot Enda Kenny. Courage me h*le.

  9. Tish Mahorey

    Marie Louise O’Donnell is probably the most irritating person on radio. Patronising, ignorant and clumsy.

  10. Truth in the News

    What about the contribution of another disciple of Kenny’s Party, the Charlestown
    Pharmacist Paddy Colleran, the reality is, that the electorate have turned on them
    Its was Enda Kenny’s home Town and if he had any guts, indeed courage he need
    not have hid behind Madame O’Donnells rather colourfull but dated outfit and
    useless contribution, she reminds us all of the late Alice Glenn who was without sin
    What was the exercise in visiting Castlebar on Saturday and calling some of the
    electorate “Whingers”, why did he not wait and out it on the “People’s Debate”
    Have we had for the last 5 years a guy running the Country, who is a puppet
    of europe and acts like a muppet.

  11. kingo

    it always amazes me that as a journalism lecturer she doesnt use a tape recorder for her reports for Sean o’rourke.

  12. Fergus the magic postman

    Oh I don’t know. There two or three, maybe four on here who would defend him just as defiantly. It would grant them the opportunity to kiss Enda’s ass all over.
    Although admittedly they may not do so without the anonymity they have here.

    1. Same old same old

      It doesn’t really matter if there’s a few shills here
      I firmly believe the bums will be thrown out this Friday

  13. Liam Deliverance

    I was talking to this fella last week, his sister’s aunty works in a restaurant not far from Kildare Street and she said that Enda Kenny and Marie Louise O’Donnell were a bit of an item !! Or at least they were that night they came in for a meal.I dunno, deport the pair of them I say.

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