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In brief: Taking soft option only brings further problems, says FG old-timer Barrett

Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00

At 67, Fine Gael TD Sean Barrett has no qualms about fighting his 10th General Election. "In politics, you need youth and enthusiasm, but you also need age and experience," he said.

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Mr Barrett, who is contesting the Dun Laoghaire constituency, was Chief Whip and Minister for Defence in successive coalition governments in the Eighties. "I know the mistakes [we made] -- don't ever take the soft option by stringing things out. You are better off going in and dealing with [unpopular] issues straight away," he said.

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