Ex-Dail deputy George puts his faith in hope
FORMER Fine Gael TD George Lee last night gave a rousing political speech -- to a packed church.
He was keynote speaker at the novena in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, in honour of temperance saint Matt Talbot
Mr Lee declared: "When I was involved in politics I was a busy fool".
The RTE man warned that as a nation we "need to be more concerned about character than reputation because character is what you really are -- reputation is only what others think you are."
Taking the podium, he announced: "I didn't expect to be here under these circumstances when I agreed to do this a couple of months ago."
He had been asked to speak on the topic of 'Hope in a Recession' at St Peter and Paul's church, where his mother-in-law Mary Kittson is sacristan.
"Hope is what it is all about," he told the congregation. "We have to look forward and tell ourselves that it will get better."
He said that people had become big-headed during the boom and this in turn led to the recession. "This was at the root of the recession. We had too much drive, too much ambition. We were too sure. I think the whole of society was caught up with more, more, more."
He added: "We really believed we could walk on water."
Mr Lee, who some voters would see as having broken trust with them, claimed he didn't feel he could have kept people's trust had he stayed on.
"I think at the end of the day I would have been just like any other politician if I had carried on down that road. In my case it would have been easy to stay on in the Dail."