THE wisdom of the decision by Sinn Féin to put Pat Buckley forward as a candidate raises some serious question. Mr Buckley says that the drink driving conviction he has is: "a cross I will have to carry for the rest of my life".
Whether the voters of Cork East should be happy to share that cross remains to be seen.
Yesterday he appealed to Irish motorists to think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking.
The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people already do.
They do not need to be asked by someone who was disqualified from driving for three years.
There is no tolerance for drunk driving as the heartbreaking story of Gillian Treacy reminded us in all its harrowing anguish in recent days.
Mr Buckley said: "Reading the newspapers over the past few days brought it all back to me. The headlines were all about a different case but I kept being reminded about my own case....."
He said that he was still embarrassed and ashamed.
One wonders what Sinn Fein's leaders would have to say about the suitability of a Fianna Fail, Labour or Fine Gael candidate running with a similar conviction.