Blooming Heather?

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys is considerably more self-assured now than she was during her ‘horrific’ debut in cabinet four years ago. But there are still one or two topics about which she is reluctant to speak her mind, most notably the prospects for a united Ireland, and the Eighth Amendment

28th January, 2018
Heather Humphreys: ‘I want to see jobs in the regions’Picture: Fergal Phillips

It was September 2014 and Heather Humphreys was having a torrid time. Within weeks of being appointed Minister for Arts, the Cavan-Monaghan TD found herself mired in a cronyism scandal.

The orchestrated appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad nominee to a state board had plunged Enda Kenny’s government into crisis. Humphreys, who signed-off on the appointment, wilted in front of the cameras.

She was visibly ill-equipped to deal with aggressive media questioning, stumbled over...

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