- 01 Aug 17
In an exclusive interview, the new Minister for Social Protection talks openly about how much her views have changed, explaining that she supports Repealing the 8th and euthanasia – and also discusses the numerous controversies in which she has been embroiled.
Only six years since she was first elected to Dáil Éireann, Regina Doherty now finds herself in her good mate Leo Varadkar’s first government cabinet. But the Minister for Social Protection certainly wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
“We didn’t have a house and we were living with my aunt,” Regina tells Hot Press in her first major interview since becoming one of the most powerful women in Irish politics. “We got a county council house in Ballymun. We stayed there till I was about 13, maybe 14. We moved then to Cedarwood in Finglas. Somebody like me, who grew up in Ballymun, wouldn’t be your typical Fine Gael supporter.”
As it happens, Regina’s parents were dyed-in-the-wool FG-ers. So much so that, as a young child, Regina thought that she was related to the then Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald! “Only because I used to see him so bloody often, between Ard Fheises and traipsing after him to give out election leaflets,” she laughs.