Thursday February 20, 2020

A week of gaffes throws the Alliance off track

Government TDs need to concentrate on bread-and-butter issues like the rail dispute

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

12th November, 2017
John Halligan found himself in hot water last week after it emerged he had asked a candidate about her marital status in a job interview Pic: Fergal Phillips

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan could get away with proclaiming his belief in aliens and even planning a madcap visit to North Korea. But he has now joined the ranks of luminaries like former EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn by upsetting Mná na hÉireann.

It was Flynn who, in 1990, inadvertently gave an enormous boost to the presidential campaign of Mary Robinson by accusing her during a radio interview of “having a newfound...

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