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Politicians who never made it to the big time despite high profile starts

  • 12-01-2022 3:43pm
    Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast

    Ciaran Cannon famously took over the leadership of the PDs in 2008 and pledged to rebuild the party from grassroots up, It wasn't long after that he jumped ship to FG but all he's ever had is a couple of Micky Mouse Junior miniseries.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,237 ✭✭✭ Allinall

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  • Registered Users Posts: 255 ✭✭ Yakov P. Golyadkin

    Justin McAleese. Tried a run in Dublin Rathdown with FF but never gained any traction.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,387 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers

    Sinead shepard

    Dan Boyle

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭ Brucie Bonus

    Ivan Yates

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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,281 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    he only got to be as high as TD because of his name. how many times did he fail to be elected as td? he always came across as wet and spineless.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    an ex colleague of mine was very active in FF years ago; IIRC one of the reasons he left was that it became clear to him (because his home constituency was what is now dublin bay north) was that it was considered that to be loyal to FF meant being loyal to the haugheys, and thus sean haughey.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    Noel Rock - out of politics now, but still finds time to get in the occasional spat with Maria Bailey on Twitter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 952 ✭✭✭ CGI_Livia_Soprano

    He was great. A real Celtic Tiger mayor and glossy magazine stalwart.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    do you mean he's out of politics in that he currently doesn't hold an elected seat, or has he actually left politics?

  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast

    Back around 2006 when I first started to hear young FG Cllr Leo Varadkar as a frequent guest on Sam Smyth's Today FM Sunday show, I thought he'd soon vanish into obscurity like John Deasy had.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    I heard him on a radio piece on the theme of 'life after politics', and he said that he had entered into business and was happy with the extra time for his family, etc.

    He's still young, so who knows, stranger things have happened.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    i chatted with him once on the doorstep. a friendly, affable guy, as most politicians are when they're looking for your vote. he left when he realised i had no intention of voting for him.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    Terrence Flanagan - was young candidate, had an enormous grassroots machine behind him. I don't think he had been much in the eye of the wider public until he had disastrous radio interview that the interviewer cut short out of pity - not 'disastrous' in the conventional sense that they had him on the ropes on a policy issue or anything, but he literally could not form a sentence, very uncomfortable listening. Last seen joining Renua.

    Brody Sweeney, of O'Briens Sandwiches fame, had a bit of fanfare when he joined FG about 10-15 years ago. I am not sure he was elected to anything in the end.

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,737 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Sweeney didn't get elected.

    FG have a slight habit of "celeb" candidates, they often get elected too. Lord Mountcharles (didn't get elected), Mairead McGuinness (TV presenter, got elected), Peter Fitzpatrick (GAA manager, got elected), Kenny Egan (got elected), Yemi Adenuga (Gogglebox, got elected). Seems common in Meath/Louth particularly for some reason!

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,415 ✭✭✭ FintanMcluskey

    As well as being the youngest TD elected at 21.

    He left politics of his own accord

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    I never realised that Mairead McGuinness had been a television presenter - she is certainly far from a political lightweight, which I (perhaps uncharitably) would expect these sort of candidates to be.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    Also John O'Leary to add to the list, former Dublin goalkeeper (though he ran in Wicklow).

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,745 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    She did a degree in UCD in Agricultural Science and moved into media where she became a presenter for Ear to the Ground. If my memory is correct, she also wrote for the Farmers Journal. I met her in UCD long before she moved into politics and she did come across as quite astute.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,031 ✭✭✭ Brussels Sprout

    This was going to be my reply. I remember visiting Dublin in 2004 and his face was on every lamppost as he was running for Europe at the time. There was a few different poster variations but all in the same style - they had a big picture of him and then some nonsense, meaningless, word on top like "Energy", "Passion", "Drive". This was the Celtic Tiger era so pretentious guff was all over the place but this was another level. He was the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time and it seemed like he was going to be the next big star of FF. His campaign ended up flaming out though and according to wikipedia he lives in the USA now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,546 ✭✭✭ Odelay

    Having heard her speak, she may well be considered as a presidential candidate.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,737 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Wouldn't be the first presidential candidate, or indeed president, to have been a TV presenter if so - McAleese also was!

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