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Jobs Minister sees second adviser leave in two months

The minister’s policy adviser Jim McGrath is leaving his post as of 20 January.

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JOBS MINISTER MARY Mitchell O’Connor has seen a second adviser quit in two months.

The minister’s policy adviser Jim McGrath is leaving his post as of 20 January. He follows former TV3 news anchor Alan Cantwell, who stood down from his role as Mitchell O’Connor’s press adviser before Christmas.

The Irish Mail on Sunday would later publish emails between the two, showing Cantwell’s resignation mail was a terse, one-line statement.

Mitchell O’Connor has appointed Ellen Lynch as her new press adviser. She joins from IDA Ireland where she held the position of Regional Communications, Press & PR Executive.

The minister thanked McGrath for his time with the Department working “on the national job creation agenda and the departments response to Brexit”.

“I am very grateful to Jim for his professionalism, hard work and dedication during his time with the Department and I would like to wish him the very best in what will no doubt be a very successful future career.”

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