Wednesday 22 February 2017

Geography that leaves town of 14,000 bereft

Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

There was a bit of excitement recently when the village of Glenealy declared itself free of election posters. But further south in Co Wicklow, there is a place which is freer still, a much bigger place called Arklow which has never had a TD, and which seems determined not to have one this time either.

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Except nobody talks about this any more, if indeed they ever did - Glenealy with its poster ban was amusing for the politics junkies, Arklow a town of about 14,000 people without a TD is apparently a thing of no significance.

No Prime Time enquiry has been held into this fascinating void in our democratic culture, no American academics have come to write some great thesis about the people of this important town on the east coast of Ireland who have apparently decided that public representation in the national parliament is not for them.

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