Friday 18 August 2017

THE PAUL WILLIAMS PODCAST: Ruane rules out future in Dail

Senator is 'too impulsive' for party politics

Senator Lynn Ruane. Photo: Tom Burke
Senator Lynn Ruane. Photo: Tom Burke
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Trinity College senator Lynn Ruane said she would never join a political party, despite telling the Seanad last week that she considered joining Fine Gael to block Leo Varadkar's attempt to become Taoiseach.

The Independent senator said she could not join a party because she does not want to be told what to do.

She added she would not run for a Dail seat because she would feel restricted by being tied to a constituency.

Instead, she wants to see the Seanad reformed and hopes to retain a seat in the upper house.

"If the Seanad does what it was supposed to do and it wasn't held to ransom by political parties, if you had a purely independent Seanad of Independent TDs and university panels, where you don't have Fine Gael or Fianna Fail or whoever is in power having a majority in the Seanad, then it would do what it is meant to do.

"I'm not good at compromise. I have no interest in being told what to do, I'm too impulsive. I would probably be thrown out pretty quickly because I would be a complete loose cannon.

"I will never run for a party unless I somehow stumbled across one. I have no interest in the Dail, I don't want to be grounded into local politics. I don't want to be owned by a particular constituency that are looking for me to constantly do things directed at them."

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