Sunday 4 December 2016

Martina Devlin: I don't want my local TD at my funeral

We need a different breed of politician, but change has to originate with the electorate

Published 11/11/2010 | 05:00

WHEN I die, I don't want my local TD attending my funeral. If the deputy does turn up, it will be a sign that nothing has changed -- that our political system has learned zero, zip and zilch from the upheavals of recent years.

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Neither in good times, nor in bad, have most of our politicians managed to get to grips with their role. They remain shallow, insular, inherently parochial -- the national interest does not figure on their radar. Never mind the hole in the public finances, what about the potholes in Ballygotoblazes?

The by-election in Donegal South West is a rare example of democracy in action. Let's take a moment to savour it.

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