Sunday 25 September 2016

Conviction brings sad end to political career

Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30

Former Cork City Council member Gary O’Flynn
Former Cork City Council member Gary O’Flynn

It was a sad end to a potentially promising career in politics. Twelve years ago Gary O'Flynn (39) was heir-apparent to one of Cork's emerging political dynasties.

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The solicitor is the eldest son of former Fianna Fáil Cork North-Central TD Noel O'Flynn and when, in September 2003, he was co-opted to take his father's seat on Cork City Council, he was considered a rising political stars.

Then Gary O'Flynn shocked Cork voters when he suddenly stood down as a city council member in 2008.

A year later his family started to become concerned over his increasingly bizarre and erratic behaviour.

It has since emerged Gary O'Flynn had a breakdown as a young man while studying for his law exams.

He was also diagnosed with depression with a psychiatrist warning he lived in "a fantasy world".

He may also have Tourette's Syndrome.

After politics, Gary O'Fynn switched his focus towards the legal and financial services industry.

His father, Noel O'Flynn, is a self-made businessman who founded a hugely successful motor industry supply firm in Blackpool.

He was elected a TD in Cork North Central in 1997 and held the seat until he stood down in 2011.

Irish Independent

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