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Jamison Maeda reports from the USA on the sad story of the young man persecuted for his commitment to free access to the internet.
Like the plot of a Hollywood thriller, an ordinary guy in Brooklyn, New York suddenly finds his life turned upside down when he is mercilessly pursued by evil, government agents. But this wasn’t a movie. And it ended tragically.
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.