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I don't want sympathy but I've been getting a lot of it

A WEEK really is a long time in politics. Just over a week ago I was the Minister for Defence, a position I enjoyed immensely and a duty I performed with pride. With all that has been said about me by my detractors since I resigned from the Cabinet, I am glad to see that not one of them has taken issue with my role in charge of the Defence Forces.

Right now, the last thing I am looking for is sympathy, but of late I have been getting a lot of it and I have to say I cannot help but be thankful to the people who have shown me this kindness. I walk down the street in Limerick and the recurring theme is sadness that their local deputy is no longer at the Cabinet table and personal sympathy to me.

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