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Friday 9 December 2016

Why Twitter snipers love to hate new boy Jack

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

Political game face: AAA candidate Ruth Coppinger and Fianna Fail’s new TD in Dublin West, Jack Chambers.
Political game face: AAA candidate Ruth Coppinger and Fianna Fail’s new TD in Dublin West, Jack Chambers.
Disruption: Commuters walking on the Luas line.

A few weeks ago, I'd never heard of Jack Chambers. A few weeks ago, nobody had heard of Jack Chambers.

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Now the 25-year-old has bagged Fianna Fáil its first seat in Dublin West since the late Brian Lenihan and is well on the way to becoming the most reviled TD in the Dáil. That, I'm sure you'll agree, is quite an impressive distinction for one so young in the face of so much more experienced competition.

Chambers' crime is to have ridiculous views on abortion, most notably his risible contention that the people don't have the right to vote to repeal the hateful 8th because, in his immortal words: "I am pro-life."

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