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Is politics public service or self service?

Twelve Fianna Fail TDs, including three members of the cabinet, will not contest the next general election. It’s a sign of the level of cynicism that people now associate with the word ‘politics’, that most people wonder whether the retirements are so that politicians can take advantage of the current pension arrangement pensions. While some have left for reasons of health, the collective ship-jumping just three years after the formation of the most fraught Dail in our history prompts The Insider to wonder why people put themselves forward for office in the first place. Was it just to enjoy the trappings of power while the good times rolled, or was there a deeper commitment to lead and to give service?

 

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