Wednesday 24 January 2018

The lottery of politics

John O'Donoghue, former Fianna Fail minister for tourism, lost his Dail seat in Kerry South at last year's general election. He said publicly that he found it ironic that the election count had taken place in a sports centre for which he had paid.

Of course, Mr O'Donoghue had done nothing of the kind. The money did not come out of his own pocket. In Ireland, the taxpayers (or television licence holders, or users of inordinately expensive public services, or buyers of National Lottery tickets) pay for everything.

Times change. Governments change. But who, in Mayo for instance, can tell the difference?

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