A Future To Look Forward To


Today’s Irish Times

In today’s Irish Times.

Susie O’Connor writes:

“If we were to look at new ministers joining the Cabinet, who will leave? I would argue to change our Ministers for Health and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs would be unhelpful to say the least. Even if they remain under the D’Hondt system, replacing the Minister for Finance with his experience of leading through financial recovery is a poor move.

“Moving further through the Cabinet, is it appropriate to change the Ministers for Business and Social Protection who are at the rapidly evolving frontline? And if the crisis deepens in relation to social order, will inexperienced ministers for justice and defence add value?

“Yes, there are constitutional questions relating to this, but if Covid-19 had hit six weeks earlier they would not arise. Extraordinary times need exceptional measures.”

The newspaper describes Ms O’Connor as “a business adviser with Genesis Management Consulting and a former government special adviser to Charlie Flanagan”.

According to her LinkedIn page, Ms O’Connor was a special advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for two years, from 2014 to 2016; was a policy and communications advisor at Fine Gael for a year, from 2011 to 2012; involved in the operations and logistics of former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s “winning General Election tour” in February 2011; and CEO of Young Fine Gael and a Fine Gael National Youth Officer for eight years, from 2003 to 2011.

Ms O’Connor was also the campaign manager of RTÉ journalist George Lee when he won a seat in the Dublin South by-election in June 2009.

She might be a little biased.

Coronavirus crisis is no time for rookie ministers (Susie O’Connor, The Irish Times)

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18 thoughts on “A Future To Look Forward To

  1. Cian

    While she says in the article “Having worked as a special adviser to a minister, I’ve seen first-hand the early months of a new minister’s role.” she should have specified which Minister (or at least which party).

    Equally, the IT should have mentioned her bias in her bio.

  2. newsjustin

    As I’ve said before, it would be madness to swap out a senior minister now in the teeth of perhaps the worst crisis since the foundation of the state (which will pass). The relationship between ministers and senior civil servants is an important one. I have serious differences of option with Simon Harris (for example) but I have less than zero interest in a clumsy handover to (say) Eoin O Brion or Michael McGrath as Minister for Health while people die in sports clubs-cum-field hospitals.

    Anyone interested in party politics right now should, frankly, go foook themselves.

    1. bisted

      …most of the electorate are quite interested in party politics…they expressed this interest recently in an election…the previous government party were voted into third place…several of their ministers lost their electoral mandate but continue in their role…

      1. Otis Blue

        And the same merry band are on the cusp of making some of the most monumental social and economic decisions in the history of the state.

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