- 19 Apr 01
Did you hear the one about the Clare man who loves Dublin and is less than enamoured with rural Ireland? Or the staunch Labour Party man who doesn’t worship Dick Spring? Or the politician whose fed up to the teeth with political correctness? Then you haven’t heard about PAT UPTON, Labour TD for Dublin South Central. LIAM FAY did, and now it’s your turn. Pix: COLM HENRY
There is a story told by the late Frank Cluskey, Pat Upton’s predecessor as Labour TD for Dublin South Central. It’s a story about a fictional politician canvassing for support in a middle-class Dublin suburb.
The politician has been out knocking on doors all day. He’s been looking for problems to solve, but only easy problems which can be solved without any hassle before polling day. He’s had a miserable time though, because he can’t find even one such problem.
He arrives at the home of an elderly lady, a comfortable two-story residence with an ornamental glass door. The politician trawls through the usual subjects, asking the woman if she needs any help with the local street lighting, potholes, corporation facilities, the whole nine yards. He draws a blank on every suggestion.