Tuesday 24 January 2017

Sometimes you've got to feel the fear and do it anyway

'Sunday Independent's' Carol Hunt explains why she's biting the bullet and putting her name forward for election

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

WAKING UP IN A COLD SWEAT: Carol Hunt has decided to run as an Independent in the next general election
WAKING UP IN A COLD SWEAT: Carol Hunt has decided to run as an Independent in the next general election

In a week when I finally swallowed any sense of sensibility - or pride - and threw my name into the ring for the next general election, my eye caught a witty newspaper piece. Edwin McGreal, of The Mayo News wrote about last Monday's meeting of Mayo County Council and the election of the new Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach.

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McGreal noted various comments about "beautiful looking women", "good-looking women", finding a "good woman" and the fact that the wife of the incoming Cathaoirleach would be having "the shirts ready" for her important husband. Yes, its hilarious stuff. Problem is, the piece wasn't a political satire - a Father Ted style sketch. It's real. It happened. In 2015. In a county near you.

As McGreal noted at the end of his piece: "Mayo County Council has 30 members. Currently, 25 of them are men and five are women. In light of yesterday's meeting, perhaps it's not too difficult to see why."

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