Monday 22 May 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Going gets tough, politicians get going

While Fianna Failers prepare to jump ship, has anything changed in the past two years? Gene Kerrigan asks

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

On Thursday, Noel Dempsey (the Minister for Very Expensive E-voting Machines That Were Never Used) made an announcement. He announced that he would "very, very soon" make another announcement. Talk about excitement. As the hours passed, the nation spoke of little else.

I looked up the polls -- and, sure enough, it seemed like Noel's chances of re-election in Meath weren't as strong as in previous years. It seems, in fact, that Noel's chances of holding onto the seat are slightly less than my chances of winning three Olympic golds in 2012.

Imagine my surprise, next day, when Noel made his second announcement and revealed that the poll figures had nothing to do with it -- Noel just plain wants to explore the delights of retirement, at 58, on a e130,000 pension (and that, it must be said, truly is a grand pension).

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