Mairead Foley, head of public relations at Ireland’s
department of social welfare, has quit her post to stand as a
member of the Irish parliament.
Foley hopes to be confirmed as the Progressive Democrat candidate
for Dublin North East this week. A career civil servant, Foley
set up the PR division at the department of tourism and trade
before moving to social welfare in 1994. She also is well-known
for presenting a weekly television slot giving advice on social