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Although they have become more frequent in recent years, Irish political memoirs are still relatively rare. Even rarer still are political memoirs that still are frank, newsworthy and fun, like this one from Mary O’Rourke.
She writes of personal and political events; of her family background and her early involvement in politics: of the many senior political figures to whom she was close, especially Charles Haughey and Bertie Ahern; of her two beloved Brians, her brother and nephew, both of whom died before their time; of her successes and disappointments. She does all this with honesty, energy and a complete absence of self-pity or self-justification.
Mary O’Rourke has been one of the most successful and influential women in Irish public life in a generation. She has stories to tell that will surprise and amuse, as well as recalling moments of personal and political sadness. The book is like the woman herself: open, warm and shrewd.

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Just Mary

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I must admit, I thought it was a great read. I found her open and honest about her years in politics, and gave insights into the inner workings of FF.

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Mary O'Rourke's Memoir 'Just Mary'

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I am after reading former FF minister in many governments since the 1980s and her final 4 to 5 years as a senator and leader of the Seanad in the last 10 years and it adds up to a lot of political years as well as on her much loved family and her late nephew Brian Lenihan Jr. I was disappointed at the very little new insights into the world of politics and a lot of what she writes, has been written about already in interviews to the media over the last 20 years. There is little new real insights into for example some of the work the Seanad must have done in her time, no mention of any debates that struck a chord. It seemed too self-absorbed and the book would be of interest to the wider Fianna Fail family, but not outside it as much. It is nice, but not rivetting or revelatory. FF colleague Albert Reynolds' memoir was genuinely more interesting on politics and the people he met.

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'It's a fascinating story...a great read'
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