Friday 21 July 2017

Ministerial mishandling creates another bout of protest politics

Paul Murphy. Photo: Doug.ie
Paul Murphy. Photo: Doug.ie
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Back in 1980 (Jesus wept - 37 years ago), I was a raw 20-year-old callow Enniscorthy urban councillor trying to build a local political base.

On summer evenings I went door-to-door to seek signatures as part of a young Fine Gael nationwide petition to abolish the legal status of 'illegitimacy'. It sounds absurd now but then children born outside of marriage were so classified.

I wanted to get to know people in council housing estates. I needed them to know me. Wannabe TDs must build a personal rapport with householders, earn their trust. To break the ice you need a campaign pretext.

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