Coughlan keeping future plans very much to herself

Former Donegal south west Deputy and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan, who was the biggest casualty in the Fianna Fail meltdown in February’s general election has again refused to talk about her politcal future, and apparently is now enjoying the highs and lows of domesticity, especially cooking and running.

Former Donegal south west Deputy and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan, who was the biggest casualty in the Fianna Fail meltdown in February’s general election has again refused to talk about her politcal future, and apparently is now enjoying the highs and lows of domesticity, especially cooking and running.

The quotes and article doing the rounds from the Irish Independent Weekend magazine seem to have arisen largely because Ms Coughlan is adamant that she is not prepared to talk about politics or her future involvement in the political arena at this time and who can blame her.

However, it is understood that she has attended at least one important Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceantair meeting over the last month as well as attending the recent opening of the Donegal Town Enterprise Centre.

The Frosses woman, has kept her head well below the parapet since losing both her Minsiterial position and Dail seat has remained steadfastly stoic, indicative of how her relationship with the press has evolved, where almost daily, she found herself making headlines as a high profile Minister in the last government.

Her one exception has been some public commentary about her good colleague Brian Lenihan following his tragic death, earlier this year.

But now we are told that she has thrown herself into cooking and is happy to be a mother and wife to husband David Charlton and children Cathal, 14, and Maeve, 12 according to the weekend media reports.

“We’re spending a lot of time together as a family,” she said.

Reference was also made to the perks of being a former Tánaiste and that financialy this ensures a stable future, backed up with 23 years of Dail service and Ministerial pensions.

On her future she said: “We’ll see how these boys get on. We’ll let the hare sit on that.”

In another interview last week where she was quoted, she also gave a one liner: “I’ve said it many times over the past while - I have no comment to make whatsoever on the matter.”