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Kenneth Egan, who could be running as a Fine Gael candidate in May's local elections

Kenneth Egan, who could be running as a Fine Gael candidate in May's local elections

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Kenneth Egan, who could be running as a Fine Gael candidate in May's local elections

TWO years ago, after he claimed to have split from his then girlfriend, Kenny Egan took to the internet.

Not to post his musings on life, not to reach out to others who had experienced similar problems with alcohol, and certainly not to espouse any political leanings.

No, Kenny joined an internet dating site, using the tag line "It's good to be King", as a beaming photograph of the former boxer smiled in anticipation of many propositions from members of the opposite sex, keen to have some of his star quality rub off on them during the inevitable "no strings attached" encounters.

Then 18 months ago, Kenny decided to strive for a bit more gravitas, and asked that henceforth he be known as 'Kenneth'.

Nine months later, when announced as one of the mentors behind RTE's Ireland's Fittest Families show, Kenny, sorry, Kenneth summed up all his inspirational powers of speech, and declared that "I want families who are going to give me 100pc".

It is, perhaps, unduly cruel to list all of Egan's slip-ups in such a manner, suggesting as it does that the man is a bit of a fool when, of course, there is much more to him.

But the news that he is being touted as a Fine Gael candidate in the next local elections, and the enthusiasm with which Enda Kenny has received the news, simply beggars belief.

"An outstanding athlete and a great ambassador for Ireland in his Olympic days," was how the Taoiseach described Egan.

Which is all very well, but what has that got to do with representing your constituents?

"It is very positive," claimed Enda Kenny. If we have one candidate who cannot stand for some reason next May, we have six or eight people who want to step forward."

What would be even better, Taoiseach, is that if those six or eight people were actually qualified to act as representatives, rather than just being well-known for punching someone in the face.

After all, if that was all you needed to be a good politician, how come Katie Taylor hasn't got your job?

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