Saturday 20 January 2018

Legend Coghlan's run for office feels like it's lacking any real punch

Eamonn Coghlan appeared on 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' recently
Eamonn Coghlan appeared on 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' recently

Diarmuid Lyng

Live political debates aren't usually on the agenda for me; not out of ambivalence, rather due to the disconnect between the political class and the people they wish to represent.

But Eamonn Coghlan appeared on 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' last week and I looked forward to hearing him.

It matters when an athlete that is a national treasure runs for office, that he has been chosen for reasons beneficial to the movement towards reconnecting. On the evidence of the debate though, it felt a little like populism, a familiar face that appeals to the masses.

Doubtless, the 'Chairman of the Boards' has achieved a lot since being appointed to the Seanad in 2011 and he, Kenneth Egan or any other star are as entitled as anyone to run for office. God knows there have been some sporting icons that have made outstanding contributions to Irish politics.

But those tuned in to the political sphere expect sportspeople to be talking heads – it's disconcertingly grim when they're right.

Irish Independent

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