Thursday 8 December 2016

Shadow of the axe hangs over TDs

Politicians are fearing the worst, and rightly so, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea

Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30

"You can identify the TDs who have decided not to contest the next election by the Zen-like serenity they exude as they walk around Leinster House"

Some while back I observed that you can identify the TDs who have decided not to contest the next election by the Zen-like serenity they exude as they walk around Leinster House.

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That is not to say that every retiring TD is calm. This quality is reserved for the handful who have made this decision for themselves. The truth is that many have had that 'decision' imposed on them. They would give a limb to run again, but have reluctantly opted for retirement, rather than face the politician's nightmare - losing their seat.

Retirement is an option not available to their more inexperienced government backbench colleagues. The madness and mayhem that will be the next election will not be easy for them.

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