Martina Devlin: Face to face with sad reality of dole and emigration
On the canvass with Richard Bruton
THE canvass was no primrose path of dalliance for Richard Bruton. Instead he heard a series of thorny stories about children emigrating, alcoholic sons whose mothers lived in fear of them, and unemployed people with little hope for the future.
Typical of the encounters he had in his Dublin North-Central constituency yesterday was the one with mother-of-three Connie McEvoy.
"I have a 17-year-old son and all he talks about is emigrating as soon as he does his Leaving Cert," she said.