Thursday 19 January 2017

Voter beware! You will now be told what they think you want to hear

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

James Reilly
James Reilly
'The Taoiseach has explicitly promised, if he is returned to Government Buildings, a large chunk of Co Roscommon around Athlone will not be reassigned from Co Roscommon to Co Westmeath. The denizens of Roscommon have grounds for scepticism here.' Photo: Sam Boal / 

Voters in Roscommon have a fearsome reputation for being contrary and never returning the same set of TDs to the Dáil. So, is it an omen that Taoiseach Enda Kenny ended his final Leaders' Questions with a very explicit guarantee to the people of Roscommon?

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Does anyone remember another explicit promise to Roscommon early in the last election campaign? Do you recall how that one ended?

It may be a parable for all as we embark on another General Election campaign today. This will be just one of dozens of promises from all sides on taxation, storm drains, welfare, pedestrian lights, health, bingo buses, education, multi-channel television and a vast variety of other topics. We are entering a season when we will be told what some politicians think we want to hear.

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