Wexford footballer Aindreas Doyle “double jobs” as being parliamentary secretary for embattled TD Mick Wallace.
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“Busy two weeks, yeah, but interesting as well,” said Doyle of Wallace’s recent admission to knowingly making a false VAT declaration to the revenue. “It was difficult, emotional at times, but a great experience for me and great to be around that really.”
The pair first came into contact when Doyle played soccer for Wexford Youths, who Wallace managed. The public relations graduate, saw an opportunity to work in Dáil Éireann last year.
“Once Mick declared his candidacy I contacted him and said I would be interested in helping out. That’s how I ended up working for him.” What does a parliamentary secretary actually do? “It’s just dealing with the media,” the 25 year-old explains. “Mick is very different from a lot of politicians because he attracts media from loads of different aspects of his life.
“My side of things would be dealing with people in Wexford. I suppose because I am from Wexford that is the connection, I know the area, I know the people. I deal with a lot of stuff that’s going on down there. There are different aspects; the social media, websites. That sort of stuff. It’s an interesting job.”