Saturday 10 December 2016

TD who couldn't afford to stay on

Published 15/02/2010 | 09:18

GEORGE Lee's decision reminds us of another premature departure from Dail Eireann.

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John Murphy, elected as an independent member at the general election of March 1957, resigned his seat in May 1958. Why? In the course of a Dail debate on members' expenses in December 1962, Deputy Frank Sherwin explained John Murphy's predicament: "He had to resign, because he could not afford to continue here.

"If he wanted to drink a pint, he had to hide in the hallway of the pub in case there was somebody he could not avoid and for whom he would have to buy a drink."

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