By George, why did you decide to leave?
Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00
George Lee's sudden declaration of resignation is quite simply one of the most astounding private decisions taken in Irish political history.
Everything about Mr Lee's foray into politics has been remarkable: the newsflash that greeted his decision to enter politics, followed by the unprecedented wave of support given to a new, first-time candidate.
The by-election campaign caught the public imagination, culminating in the eye-watering mandate of 27,000 votes from a single constituency.