Hanafin challenges cuts to tourism

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport says the sector is valuable job creator, writes Niamh Connolly, Political Correspondent

5th June, 2010

She has golfed with Padraig Harrington, lunched with Gabriel Byrne and scrutinised the papers of WB Yeats with Hollywood actress Anjelica Huston.

Mary Hanafin’s reshuffle from social welfare to tourism, culture and sport had been widely seen as a demotion by the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, but her new ministry is taking her to every corner of the country, and raising her political profile, thanks to endless photo opportunities.

Questions about Hanafin’s leadership ambitions...

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