Saturday 16 December 2017

TD who couldn't afford to stay on

GEORGE Lee's decision reminds us of another premature departure from Dail Eireann.

John Murphy, elected as an independent member at the general election of March 1957, resigned his seat in May 1958. Why? In the course of a Dail debate on members' expenses in December 1962, Deputy Frank Sherwin explained John Murphy's predicament: "He had to resign, because he could not afford to continue here.

"If he wanted to drink a pint, he had to hide in the hallway of the pub in case there was somebody he could not avoid and for whom he would have to buy a drink."

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