Monday 11 December 2017

Lise Hand: Cheerful Charlie squares up to his rivals as the going gets tough

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

It is well nigh impossible to put the words 'Charlie O'Connor' into a sentence without the word 'Tallaght' inserting itself before the full-stop.

The Dublin South West deputy's ability to insert the name of the centre of his constituency into every public utterance is legendary; on one occasion during a committee session with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Charlie managed to air the T-word several times during exchanges.

And yet notwithstanding his sky-high local profile, the Fianna Fail TD is one of that unhappy band of Dail brothers and sisters who are tipped to suffer at the hands of a wrathful electorate next time around.

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