Callely -- what a legend
Published 13/02/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Ivor Callely, a son of the sod from deepest Kilcrohane, outside Bantry, is a man who has been much maligned, just because he has to commute to Dublin, a distance of 350km from the Sheep's Head Peninsula, on a daily basis when he works at the Senate.
And the fact that he is the highest-paid "local" around Bantry, where nobody can earn €17,000 for 20 days of not working without being kidnapped for ransom, has nothing to do with the great esteem in which he is held.
Around here, y'see, even the poverty-stricken are impressed when someone other than themselves is raking in the cash just as long as they know the person is the salt of the Earth and doing the important work of not showing fear in the face of the outraged local population, just because the accent isn't immediately recognisable.