Sunday 30 April 2017

John Drennan: The Dail failed Olwyn, and us

Olwyn Enright's exit is an example of the ongoing flight of talent from Irish politics, writes John Drennan

OLWYN ENRIGHT: The retiring Fine Gael TD has left behind 'the little girl with a curl and a dimple who silenced us all with her sweetness'
OLWYN ENRIGHT: The retiring Fine Gael TD has left behind 'the little girl with a curl and a dimple who silenced us all with her sweetness'
John Drennan

John Drennan

THE day I first saw Olwyn Enright, she was draped seductively across what appeared to be a row of Toyota Corolla cars. Before you get too intrigued, it was a bright summer evening in the respectable ascendancy town of Birr, and the occasion was the infinitely respectable one of a Fine Gael campaign launch.

In the aftermath of Enright's announcement of her departure from politics, there was much talk about gender quotas and how politics fails women.

In fact, the far more depressing feature of Olwyn's exit is that it is yet another example of the ongoing flight of talent from Irish politics.

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