Thursday 18 January 2018

Independents face delicate tightrope in the new Dáil

Ken Lee cartoon
Ken Lee cartoon
John Downing

John Downing

Months after he was first elected in June 2002, Finian McGrath wrote to all the political writers at Leinster House accusing them of ignoring him because, as an Independent, he was deemed "an outsider".

At the time I was annoyed, because he did not include me on his mailing list. It meant he was ignoring me, while I ignored him. But we all have to bear up and get on with our lives.

It was an unusual move because politicians rarely go to war in writing with political scribes. They usually find other ways of evening up the score. But that delightful topic is for another day.

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