Sunday 22 July 2018

I believe in politics, but the behaviour of our elected TDs damages the profession

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

Cynicism about politics is terrible; something which I deplore whenever I encounter it. I believe in politics, its power to influence change and make life better for people. I believe in our democratic institutions, our Constitution and our capacity as a civilised population to manage our own affairs through the vehicle of an elected parliament and government.

I had the privilege to serve as a TD for 15 years and know absolutely that elected politicians, in all their diversity, can through collective action and decision-making do really important things for society.

Whether it is by legislation, debate, enforcement and implementation of policies or through diplomacy, national interests can be nurtured and protected from injury or sabotage through politics.

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