Friday 22 September 2017

The dying days of dynasties for the party in Kingdom

Owen O'Shea
Owen O'Shea

Owen O'Shea

If your family has been represented in local politics since the 1890s, you are not going to pass up a Dáil nomination - and a chance to maintain and prolong the family's political foothold - without putting up a serious fight.

The great-grandfather of Thomas McEllistrim was a member of the Tralee Rural District Council and the Board of Guardians in the late 19th century. McEllistrim's TD grandfather fought with the IRA at the Headford Junction Ambush in east Kerry in 1921 in which 10 British soldiers died and his father was a Minister of State under Charles Haughey. Politics runs in the blood.

McEllistrim, first elected to the Dáil in 2002 for Kerry North, lost his Dáil seat in the Fianna Fáil wipe-out of 2011. However, he has lost no zeal for a return to Leinster House.

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