Far Too Smart to Play the Stepford Wife; No Excuse: Brid Murphy, Here with Husband Michael Lynn, Backed the Wrong Horse
Byline: MARY CARR
IF SHE had walked into the commercial court wearing a full-length burkathen Brid Murphys tearful narrative of female subservience and blanketignorance of business life would be almost be pitiful.
Even if she was a younger woman with little experience of the worldlike that of gullible Lisa Leeson, wife of the infamous Nick who had thrustupon him sole responsibility for the collapse of Barings Bank, then the 1950sStepford Wife routine would have been a little easier to bear.
But you dont reach your mid-thirties or indeed the status of clinical nursemanager in the health service, as Brid Murphy has, without a level ofcompetence, organisational skill and the self-preservation instincts tounderstand some of the workings of the world.
NoBrid Murphy is made of sterner stuff than her pathetic, clinging little womanpersona suggests.
She is not so romantic, trusting or naive as to abandon her life in Ireland tojoin her fugitive husband on the run in Europe. Nor has she retreatedshamefaced into hiding.
On the contrary she has stood her ground and brazenly taken to the courts inthe hope of wresting some money from the sale of the multi-million euro familyhome Glenlion House in Howth.
In fighting her corner, she also has attempted to have it every wayaccusing her husband of tricking her into signing a mortgage deal with ACC andon the other hand, some might think paradoxically, insisting that the marriageis still genuine.
She announced she had been to see him recently in Sofia, almost as if Mr Lynnwas just another high-flying son of the Celtic Tiger generation and not a dodgysolicitor cum-property magnate with E80million in debts, a warrant outstandingfor his arrest and a Garda fraud squad investigation on his case.
The truth is that Brid Murphy is a mature, capable and educated modern womanshe may not show it but she understands the true significance of her husbandssituation and the extent of his misdeeds.
And she knew enough two years ago when she married him, not to abdicate totalresponsibility for her own security and financial well-being to his whims.
Her alacrity in giving up her paid employment to devote herself full-time asshe explained yesterday, to family life was one thing.
Her decision may chime emphatically with the ladies who lunch, for whom shemust by now have become an emblem of what happens when you back the wronghorse. She had no children to look after and was clearly not taking an activerole in her husbands multifarious business pursuits, yet she presumed thatbeing a wife to Michael Lynn would be enough to fill her day. …