Friday August 14, 2020

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien on getting to grips with a sticky wicket

Darragh O’Brien has plenty on his plate as the new Minister for Housing, but the cricket buff is hopeful he can play a straight bat in office

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

26th July, 2020
Darragh O’Brien TD: the new housing minister says the governement has ‘the wherewithal’ to solve the housing crisis Picture: Fergal Phillips

Darragh O’Brien has put a picture of his local cricket club on the wood-panelled wall of his new office. The Minister for Housing used to be wicket keeper for Malahide, which meant his job was to catch the ball if the batsman missed. “Some would say I didn’t do it well enough,” he joked.

Cricket was a game associated with the landed gentry, but it had a wider appeal...

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