Fionnan Sheahan: Penrose playing parish-pump politics undermines Budget
WILLIE Penrose's local organisation is the stuff of legend within the Labour Party. He carved out and held a seat for the party in a rural constituency through sheer hard graft.
Tales would reach his colleagues in Leinster House of derring-do on the campaign trail in Westmeath. On one occasion, canvassers came back from knocking on doors in a housing estate in Mullingar.
When Mr Penrose heard that they had only received queries about problems from half-a-dozen houses, he sent them back to do the area again and gave out that they clearly hadn't canvassed it properly.