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Executive tea lady personifies modern economic trends

Published November 2, 2005 | by: Huib Zegers

Globalisation, mergers and outsourcing. For most of us those are abstract words from the pages of the Financial Times or the Economist. But in fact they can be applied in the daily life of all of us.

Deirdre on the DART | 2005 - Huib Zegers

Look at Deirdre. She looks after the food and beverage needs of the management and the important guests of a big IT company. When she retires next February she will have been in the same job for nearly nine years.

In the first couple of years the cups and plates in her pantry bore the logo of Compaq, which was replaced after a multi billion dollar merger -or was it a takeover?- by the HP sign. The merger had no consequences for Deirdre as her job had been outsourced from day one. She had no less than four different employers during her hospitality career in Compaq/HP.

And Deirdre has developed her own version of the term localization: every cup of coffee or tea she pours is accompanied with a broad Irish smile and Dublin wit.

Killiney Bay as appetizer
Deirdre likes her job. Nevertheless the best part of her day is the leisurely drive from Monkstown DART station, where she meets husband Jimmy, along the coast road to the dinner table in Shankill. "That drive is the best appetizer you can have", smiles Deirdre.

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