Seems to me you can't say anything with certainty about anyone. I've heard Jan O'Sullivan is great, I've heard Michael Noonan is great and Peter Power and Kieran O'Donnell too.pikey said:I mentioned Willie cause Im in his constituency and know many people who have said ' willies grand , he'll help you with this , that and the other ' . I cant say anything with certainty about the others . My argument is that if there is a culture of TDs making representations then it is hypocritical/unfair to just vilify one . I am not partisan , I despise all politicians in equal measure .earlyandoften said:Why did you use Willie O'Dea as an example and not Michael Ring or John Gormley or Tony Gregory?pikey said:But do you think she is the only TD to make representations like this ? Is it possible this has happened in manslaughter or serious assault cases ?
And if I may broaden the discussion Consider this , In Limerick Willie O Dea is legendary for " getting things for people " and his "can do " attitude . I wonder is it beyond the bounds of possibility that he may have helped a ne'er do well get a medical card or a house or whatever ? ( theres no evidence to suggest he has , but its possible,just using him as an example )
Also does it matter if others have been doing it? is your argument that because other haven't been caught she should get away with it?
If she's a member of the front bench she should be demoted.
Truth is no politician can get you a house or a medical card or anything that you are not entitled to. They may like to pretend they can and may even try to intimate that they helped you get the medical card but if you're not entitled to it you won't get it. But even if they could it's a whole lot different to write a letter as a character witness for a convicted rapist that you know the judge will see.