Monday 5 December 2016

Independents face delicate tightrope in the new Dáil

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

Ken Lee cartoon
Ken Lee cartoon

Months after he was first elected in June 2002, Finian McGrath wrote to all the political writers at Leinster House accusing them of ignoring him because, as an Independent, he was deemed "an outsider".

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At the time I was annoyed, because he did not include me on his mailing list. It meant he was ignoring me, while I ignored him. But we all have to bear up and get on with our lives.

It was an unusual move because politicians rarely go to war in writing with political scribes. They usually find other ways of evening up the score. But that delightful topic is for another day.

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