‘Judge me when I’ve the job done’

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says she is tough enough for the task of helping the country’s 168,000 small businesses

12th June, 2016
Mary Mitchell OConnor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Think Small First reads the sign on her desk. Pic: Fergal Phillips

Mary Mitchell O’Connor has stuck a slogan onto the printer on her ministerial desk: ‘Think Small First.’

It is, of course, a reference to the country’s 168,000 small businesses which account for 90 per cent of jobs in the country.

“It can be really sexy to bring in the foreign direct investment companies and create 500 jobs in one swoop. But I see my job as developing the regions and rural...

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