Wednesday 20 September 2017

Yates shaken by public ire after return from exile

Ex-TD and bookie turned to drink in bankruptcy sojourn in UK

WOE IS ME: Ivan Yates says a source told him his income 'will be garnished for a further two years'. Photo: Mark Condren
WOE IS ME: Ivan Yates says a source told him his income 'will be garnished for a further two years'. Photo: Mark Condren

DONAL LYNCH and John Drennan

MARGARET Thatcher once said that a politician's most important instinct is the ability to walk into a room and detect the mood.

It's perhaps a measure of the length of time that Ivan Yates has been out of politics that he so spectacularly failed to predict the venom tingling down the wires into Pat Kenny's radio studio last week.

From his vantage point through the bottom of a glass on the Welsh coast it must have looked to him like he might be the most popular arrival back from there since St Patrick.

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