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Enda Kenny, top civil servant Robert Watt and Brendan Howlin outside Government Buildings this week Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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'An entire red herring': Here are the winners and losers from the political week

In which a minister opened up about being bullied, a Sinn Féin councillor got an apology and David Cameron got shoved.

EVERY WEEK, casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.

As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’

So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:

The 3 winners of the week are…

1. Aodhán Ó Riordáin 

The Labour minister opened up about being bullied at school in a revealing interview with RTÉ during the week.


2. Seán Kelly 

The Fine Gael MEP has been looking to secure the release of the infamous letter from former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet to Brian Lenihan. He got a step closer this week.

3. Natalie Treacy 

The Sinn Féin councillor got an apology from the former mayor of Fingal, Fine Gael’s Kieran Dennison, this week after he had suggested her election posters were racist.

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… and the 3 losers of the week are…

1. Frances Fitzgerald 

The Justice Minister can’t find anyone to run her department.

2. David Cameron 

The British Prime Minister has taken a fair old battering for refusing to wear a feminist t-shirt which deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband were only too happy to don. He also got shoved on Monday

3. The Department of Foreign Affairs 

Officials in Iveagh House can’t sell their stock of posh wine.

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