Tuesday 17 January 2017

Losing is 'new normal' for politicians

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

'Up at Leinster House, politicians have to get used to losing'. Photo: Tony Gavin
'Up at Leinster House, politicians have to get used to losing'. Photo: Tony Gavin

Sports fans will agree that winning is a great habit to get into. But up at Leinster House, politicians have to get used to losing.

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Yesterday, four TDs sought the €35,000-a-year post of Dáil deputy chairman - and all four lost in a vote by colleagues. The previous evening, the Government lost a vote in a situation that last occurred in May 1989 - and that was partly responsible for a snap general election.

There are two points to be made about Labour's 'victory' in inflicting defeat on the Government with a motion championing workers' rights. The first is that - in the words of Fine Gael maverick TD John Deasy - as a private members' motion it is not worth the paper it is written on. The second is that Labour's new image of being the 'workers' friend' contrasts with its role in government up to a month ago.

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