Tuesday 17 October 2017

Outgoing Galway West TD Derek Nolan: 'Now I have to look for a job'

Galway Labour TD Derek Nolan
Galway Labour TD Derek Nolan

John Fallon

Derek Nolan, who topped the poll when he took over the seat vacated by Michael D Higgins five years ago, said he does not know if he will remain in politics.

The Galway city native, a qualified solicitor who holds a Masters in human rights, ruled out looking for a seat in the Seanad and said he will take time before deciding what to do next but his first priority will be to find a job.

The Labour party member said he was disappointed to lose the seat which Michael D Higgins secured for the first time in 1981 and that he had not given much thought about what to do next.

“I have to look for a job. I’m 33 and I’ve been seven years in politics and five years in the national parliament. It is a huge honour and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. It was wonderful to do it. It was hard and there is a certain amount of relief because they were five hard years.

“It was a privilege and it was satisfying but it was not enjoyable. I have to face a new chapter in my life and I haven’t even thought about that.

“I don’t know if I will stay in politics, I have not really thought about it. The first thing I have to do is earn a crust, so I need to get a job to have money coming in so whether I can get a job in Galway, I don’t know,” he said.

Nationally, he believes that an unstable period is unavoidable.

“I think what we are looking at nationally for the next few months and years is a really unstable parliament.”

His seat was in doubt when he polled just 3,220 votes, leaving him 10th in a field of 20 for five seats.

“It was carved out of the rock by Michael D in a very conservative Galway at the time, a seat built on honest, integrity and principle,” he added.

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