Saturday 16 December 2017

Politicians will always seek the promised land

James Downey

James Downey

STRANGE and unpredictable things happen in Roscommon elections. The late John Healy, who wrote many pieces about the hard facts of local politics, liked to cite the case of Deputy Johnny Beirne.

Beirne was before my time, and I have no knowledge of his record in the Dail except for one incident. He opposed a proposal to increase deputies' pay. He lost his seat at the next election.

Healy, looking into the minds of the voters, said they reckoned that if he could do nothing for himself, he could do nothing for them.

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