Saturday 23 September 2017

What comes first when your TD has a second job?

Practical questions will be asked when deputies live simultaneous political and professional lives

Fianna Fail justice spokesman and barrister Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail justice spokesman and barrister Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

If you want something done, ask a busy person, they say. There's a lot of truth to the quote which is attributed to various people, including US founding father Benjamin Franklin and American actress Lucille Ball.

Time management is the key, along with a bit of old- fashioned hard graft. Anyone who has a handle on their own daily schedule is usually better equipped to fit you in or take care of the task you have asked of them. We all have friends who we would trust with organising a night out or weekend away - and then there are those that you wouldn't trust with a sharp object.

Politics is all about time management and graft. There is a fine art to balancing time in the constituency with building up your national profile. Everyone wants a part of you - constituents, party members, colleagues, media and, last but by no means least, family.

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