Sunday 27 May 2018

Ian O'Doherty: If Kenny wants to help the locals, he should become a counsellor

Kenneth Egan
Kenneth Egan
Kenneth Egan with Minister for Children and youth affairs, Francis Fitzgerald, TD
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

SO the aspiring Politician Formerly Known As Kenny has rarely voted. In fairness to the former boxer, Kenneth Egan – as he now prefers to be known – remains a popular figure in the hearts of many Irish people who applauded him throughout his career in the ring but who truly rooted for him in his well-publicised struggles with booze and his personal demons.

But for Kenneth to aspire to be a politician when he admits, to the point of boasting, that he rarely bothered to cast a vote himself is a classic example of a well-meaning celebrity allowing himself to be used as a plant by a cynical party machine that simply wants to put their party logo under an easily recognisable, high-profile face.

Egan's reasons for not voting stem from a combination of apathy and his hectic international boxing schedule and seem valid – if you're a rather disillusioned, disenfranchised person living in Clondalkin.

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