Sunday 22 April 2018

Soldier of Destiny or shameless opportunist?

Colm Keaveney told Anita Guidera over lunch two months ago that he wanted a new kind of politics. He didn't return her calls for a week and now we all know why...

Ambitious: Anita Guidera interviewed Colm Keaveney over lunch in September.
Ambitious: Anita Guidera interviewed Colm Keaveney over lunch in September.
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Anita Guidera

When I met Colm Keaveney (42) for lunch in his native Tuam on September 25, there was no hint that he was on the cusp of joining the party he had so recently described as a corrosive and destructive force.

But what was in evidence on that sunny September afternoon was a smooth-talking and ambitious politician who couldn't mask his distaste for the isolation he felt as an Independent TD, as the new Dáil term got under way.

"I went from being the highest speaking TD to being cut out, left without a voice," he said bitterly.

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