Monday 20 February 2017

Know your shelf life, go before your sell-by date and life after the Dáil will be a doddle

Published 23/07/2015 | 02:30

Eamon Gilmore is among 12 TDs so far to announce they will retire at the next Dáil election
Eamon Gilmore is among 12 TDs so far to announce they will retire at the next Dáil election

'All political careers end in tears' was the famous remark of Enoch Powell at the departure of Margaret Thatcher. It’s not true, if you end yours on your own terms and at a time of your own choosing.

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So far, only 12 TDs have announced they’ll not be members of the next Dáil. I sense many more may use this last summer recess of the 31st Dáil to privately contemplate political retirement. They should.

It’s a positive, life-enhancing option if positively embraced. Of course there’s a lot more to life than politics, though it doesn’t seem that way to those anoraks inside Leinster House’s bubble.

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