Saturday October 31, 2020

O'Rourke's unswerving loyalty lets her down

Just Mary: A Memoir, by Mary O'Rourke. Gill & MacMillan, €19.99. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

4th November, 2012
Mary O'Rourke: the former cabinet minister is so close to the Fianna Fáil project for so long that she cannot see its failings. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Just Mary: A Memoir

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It's dryly apposite that Mary O'Rourke's memoir should be published by Gill & MacMillan, an imprint with a long and rich history that is probably best known for its countless educational textbooks. A disproportionate number of our elected public representatives are teachers by trade - including the current Taoiseach - and O'Rourke, more than anyone else, is the acme, the personification, of this phenomenon.

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