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Jack was an unemployed worker who won a Dáil seat in 1957. He was elected as an Independent in Dublin South Central.
Jack’s story is indicative of the elitism within Irish politics. Not a member of the old boy’s school he was treated with disdain and disrespect by members of the Oireachtas. His maiden speech was greeted with sniggers and sneers from the professional politicians in the Dáil. He was regarded with suspicion and found it impossible to get answers to very basic questions. The elitist political parties strategically ignored his questions and shouted him down when he attempted to raise important issues.
Result of Test 33% below limit!
On Monday night 28th January, after meetings in the Dail, I attended a meeting in Swords and left at 9.30pm for another meeting requested by a family on the Southside of the city near the Canal. I arrived after 10pm and spent almost two hours discussing issues which I had raised in the Dail. Before I left I was offered a hot whiskey for a cold.
‘When women are passionate they’re emotional but when men are passionate they’re strong.’ That’s the attitude that keeps women representation in the Dail below 20% and dissuades girls from getting involved in political affairs.
One of the most active politicians of this our era is Independent TD, Clare Daly. Despite coming under intense media scrutiny and suffering daily personal and professional swipes Daly continues to remain at the forefront of most major political hot-potatoes.
On Monday evening after meetings in the Dáil, I attended a meeting in Swords and left at 9.30pm for another meeting requested by a family of longstanding political acquaintances in the Southside of the city near the Canal. I arrived after 10pm and spent almost two hours discussing political issues which I had raised in the Dáil. Before I left I was offered a hot whiskey for a cold. I had no food since lunchtime and did not realise the implications of taking this house measure of hot whiskey.
I left at midnight and not being familiar with the area found myself on the road to Ballyfermot at Kilmainham and took a right turn onto the South Circular Road trying to get back onto the Northside – unfortunately there is no right turn at this junction. A passing Garda patrol car saw the turn and pulled me over and this was brought to my attention by Gardai in a car who stopped me. I was breathalysed but this was not satisfactory and was brought to the Kilmainham Garda Station where a urine sample was taken.
I accept full responsibility for what is a serious lack of judgement and while I find it surprising that the Gardaí in Kilmainham released this information to tabloid journalists before 11am, I believe that the Gardaí implementing road safety have a job to do and I support them.
Should the test result on the sample provided prove to be above the statutory limit, I will accept the consequences and resolve that this will not happen again.