Why do peo­ple en­ter po­lit­i­cal life?

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I was sad­dened by the opin­ions ex­pressed by a let­ter writer (July 2nd) who asks if the crav­ing for power shown by those in pol­i­tics is worth it, given the crit­i­cism tar­geted at those who win elec­tions.

I have rarely en­coun­tered that crav­ing of power she refers to. It was not a crav­ing for power that drove me to con­test elec­tions. Driven by my in­volve­ment in lo­cal and na­tional cam­paigns, I sought a place at the leg­isla­tive ta­ble on be­half of our cit­i­zens. I hope I served those cit­i­zens well. – Yours, etc, NI­AMH BHREATHNAC­H, (For­mer TD and min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion), Black­rock.

Co Dublin.

Sir, – Surely a func­tion, not the only one but an im­por­tant one nonethe­less, of those who hold po­lit­i­cal of­fice is to be the fo­cus of pub­lic crit­i­cism.

There were times that I blamed Enda Kenny for pretty much ev­ery­thing that was wrong in the coun­try. It wasn’t al­ways fair but it did help my mood.

Now it’s Micheál Mar­tin’s turn. In time I may re­gard Mr Mar­tin with the same good-hu­moured re­spect that I now hold for Mr Kenny. – Yours, etc, MARY BYRNE,

Bray,

Co Wick­low.

Sir, – It can­not be much fun be­ing a mag­net for ev­ery crank, ec­cen­tric and seller of char­ity raf­fle tick­ets in the vicin­ity.

Most of the peo­ple we elect are do­ing their best. If we don’t like them, we can vote them out.

Or we can stand for elec­tion our­selves and see if we can do a bet­ter job. – Yours, etc, CATHER­INE KEANE, Dublin 14.

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