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'Parachuting' track record should've given FF food for thought

Published 10/12/2013 | 23:33

Colm Keaveney who joined the ranks of Fianna Fail recently
Colm Keaveney who joined the ranks of Fianna Fail recently

'Take your parachute and jump, you're gonna have to take flight . . . don't look out before you, you know it's a long way down. I'll make it safer for you, your parachute won't let you down." (Something Happens).

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Great song, great lyrics and, generally speaking, a great motto for life -- except when it comes to politics. Reports that Fianna Fail, fresh from its wooing of Colm Keaveney, is sniffing around other potential high-profile figures, provide further proof that political parties don't learn from their own, or others', mistakes.

History, and pretty recent history at that, tells us emphatically that, in politics, 'parachutes' rarely work.

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