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Newry woman Grainne survives boardroom as Sugar sends JD home

By David Young

Published 04/11/2016

Survivor: Grainne McCoy
Survivor: Grainne McCoy

Northern Ireland's Grainne McCoy lives to sell another day after surviving the latest gruelling round of The Apprentice.

Last night, the 13 remaining candidates were tasked with launching a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise as much money as possible for two entrepreneurs' cycling products.

Along with creating a fundraising website, the contestants had to pull off a publicity stunt to encourage the public to invest in the products, and there was also a chance for the teams to pitch to retailers.

Beachwear boss JD O'Brien and his team chose to work with bone conduction headphones for cyclists, while Team Titan - led by sales manager Samuel Boateng - promoted a light-up safety gilet.

Newry woman Grainne was on Samuel's team - and her frustration at how he was handling the challenge soon began to show in her facial expressions and body language.

It was clear the 31-year-old felt steamrollered by Samuel's refusal to listen to her advice.

When Lord Sugar asked whose idea it had been to stage a PR stunt with mime artists in busy Waterloo Station, Grainne immediately pointed to Samuel, who was sitting beside her.

"Napoleon had more success at Waterloo than you did" Lord Sugar sneered as Samuel and his team shifted uncomfortably in their seats.

When she heard Lord Sugar's ridicule of Samuel, make-up artist Grainne's emotions finally boiled over: "I might as well have been talking to the wall," she exploded at her hapless team leader.

"You'd no plan, no strategy, no management skills. You never listened to a word that I said."

But the other team's performance was even more of a fiasco, and it was beachwear company boss JD O'Brien who was fired by Lord Sugar after admitting to just too many mistakes for the magnate to stomach.

The Apprentice continues next Thursday on BBC One at 9pm as the 12 remaining candidates fight for Lord Sugar's £250,000 investment in their business plans.

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