‘Put In Something About Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’




From top: The Irish Mail on Sunday at the weekend, and an email the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor sent to her former special adviser Alan Cantwell

You may recall how former TV3 anchor Alan Cantwell resigned from his position as special adviser to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor in November – after being hired for the post in May.

Further to this.

Darragh McDonagh, in the Irish Mail on Sunday at the weekend, reported:

“Alan Cantwell’s brief stint as adviser to Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor ended with a one-line letter of resignation giving only four days’ notice, internal correspondence has revealed.”

“Emails between the former TV3 news anchor and Ms Mitchell O’Connor had become increasingly testy before deteriorating amidst public criticism of her performance as minister.”

“…On September 8, Mr Cantwell was tasked with drafting a short biography of the minister for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. She responded to a draft with the succinct reply: ‘Put in something about: 1. Jobs; 2. Enterprise; 3. Innovation.”

“…In an email in late September, on a speech for a function, he noted: ‘I have left out the most recent unemployment stats as they show unemployment increased since you took office’.”

“…On October 28, she emailed to say she noticed a list of her engagements had not been included in the official list circulated to Fine Gael Oireachtas members: ‘Guys, why are my engagements not listed on Ministerial Diary? Please reply,’ she wrote.

“Mr Cantwell replied that he would follow it up. The following Monday, he handed in a letter that read: ‘Please accept my resignation. As per terms of my contract I will finish on Friday 4th Nov’.”

Pics: Irish Mail on Sunday and Darragh McDonagh


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36 thoughts on “‘Put In Something About Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      NAH! It’s the ‘Are You Being Served’ Wendy Richard innit.

      (She’d do better as an impressionist than a minister).

  1. Happy Molloy

    Is that where he went? A ministerial adviser sounds like a fantastic role, really interesting stuff.

    Wouldn’t fancy working with that lady too much though.

      1. Kenny Plank

        Winner’s Dinners.

        Mutton dressed as pork.

        Miss Piggy with pork barrelled funding for the DLR constituency to go.

        Ross looks petrified…

  2. Junkface

    She seems totally clueless about everything related to her job. Where did they find her, the local hairdressers?

    1. Kieran NYC

      Absolutely clueless. One of the most important jobs in government and they give it to her… Idiotic.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Eejit. If I had just hired someone and saw them do something as idiotic as that I’d retract the job offer.

  3. bisted

    …poor Alan doesn’t seem to have been able to assume the Kermit role…you’d have thought they were made for eachother…

  4. Kenny Plank

    Doesn’t say much about the kind of people who elected her, does it?

    Yes, those DLR over-65s SINDO-reading reactionaries sitting around on their fat arses after daily 11 o’clock mass stuffing their fat faces in cafes and restaurants in Blackrock, Glasthule and Dalkey secure with their big public sector pensions and 3 million euro house in Mount Merrion or Glenageary and the Mercedes outside (bus pass not for us, no thanks. Medical cards a must). And all smelling of wee-wee as they spout out mouthfuls of p!ss and vinegar prejudice about everyone who isn’t one of them.

    That MMOC woman is a disaster in here role. And nasty with it too. Is she being set up or what?

    Or if you prefer, the words “thick”, “as”, “sh!t”, and “in the neck of a bottle” spring to mind.

    1. Kieran NYC

      “as they spout out mouthfuls of p!ss and vinegar prejudice about everyone who isn’t one of them.”

      Sounds like you.

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