Friday 24 March 2017

From the day he lost his Dail seat, Callely's world started coming apart

The embattled senator has stumbled from one political and financial crisis to another, writes Ronald Quinlan

IT was May 25, 2007, and Ivor Callely's political career was coming apart at the seams. Rejected by the voters of Dublin North Central at the General Election less than 24 hours earlier, the one-time Minister of State was struggling to come to terms with a future outside the corridors of power.

After he also failed to win a Senate seat, close supporters, recognising his acute distress, set about lobbying Bertie Ahern with a view to securing a seat for him in the Seanad as one of the Taoiseach's 11 nominees to the upper house. The quiet word in Ahern's ear was that Callely was on the edge. The pleading worked.

But there would be worse to come for Senator Ivor Callely in the months ahead, and it had nothing to do with underwhelming support for him within his constituency.

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