Ian O'Doherty: If Kenny wants to help the locals, he should become a counsellor
Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30
SO the aspiring Politician Formerly Known As Kenny has rarely voted. In fairness to the former boxer, Kenneth Egan – as he now prefers to be known – remains a popular figure in the hearts of many Irish people who applauded him throughout his career in the ring but who truly rooted for him in his well-publicised struggles with booze and his personal demons.
But for Kenneth to aspire to be a politician when he admits, to the point of boasting, that he rarely bothered to cast a vote himself is a classic example of a well-meaning celebrity allowing himself to be used as a plant by a cynical party machine that simply wants to put their party logo under an easily recognisable, high-profile face.
Egan's reasons for not voting stem from a combination of apathy and his hectic international boxing schedule and seem valid – if you're a rather disillusioned, disenfranchised person living in Clondalkin.