The southern Irish public may view her as one of Taoiseach Brian Cowen's worst performing ministers but the Republic’s Health Minister Mary Harney insists she loves her job.
She also put paid to rumours that she has lost interest in the portfolio, saying she wants to continue in her post after any reshuffle.
The Dublin Mid-West TD said she has no problem being |unpopular because she loves her job and relishes the challenges.
She also indicated that she might confound expectations and run in the next election.
The former Progressive Democrat leader went on to defend her record in the Department of Health, arguing that while a lot of work remains, a lot has also been achieved.