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Deputies look after their own

Published 05/02/2010 | 05:00

DAIL deputies spend more than half their time on constituency work, as against a third on legislative work. That is, our national politicians believe it more important to deal with problems in their own electoral backyard than with the problems of the nation.

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At least this is what an Oireachtas survey has found.

This is confirmation that all politics is local, as Tip O'Neill claimed. Given the great national issues he dealt with on a daily basis, the venerable US Democrat was probably being a little ironic. Here in Ireland, it is hard fact.

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