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Jody Corcoran: 'Why the place of politics is always close to home'

Poll reveals that politicians should focus on local concerns first to achieve long-term success, writes Jody Corcoran

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Willie O’Dea, consumately local but comfortable at national level

Willie O’Dea, consumately local but comfortable at national level

Willie O’Dea, consumately local but comfortable at national level

'All politics is local," the former US Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill is reputed to have said by way of linking a politician's success to his or her ability to understand and influence the issues of constituents.

There has been some evidence in more recent years, if not to disprove, then at least to raise, a question over the infallibility of that theory - the 2011 General Election here, for example - but undoubtedly there remains to it more than a grain of truth.


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