This seems to have gone below the radar but is a fascinating insight into the minds of TDs, or perhaps more specifically Fianna Fail TDs.
And it goes to the heart of local politics in Ireland – back scratching, vote-buying, cute hoorism and backwoodsman bollocks.
Today’s Evening Echo (Cork) reports:
East Cork TD Ned O’Keeffe has said Rathcormac National School should not be a priority for funding and that it has a “fabulous” layout of Portakabins.
Rathcormac NS has more than 200 pupils and there are nine prefabs in use, at a cost of €83,000 per year.
But it gets worse:
A site alongside the existing school has been identified and architectural designs have been drawn up. The local community has campaigned for a new school for the past decade.
Deputy O’Keeffe insisted, however, that the school was not a priority for him, as Rathcormac was not a place where he gained many votes.
He told the Evening Echo:
“There is a fabulous layout of Portakabins there. There are many other schools that need the funding first. Rathcormac NS will get a new building when funds become available, simple as that.”
Deputy O’Keeffe said he was being honest with the parents’ council of Rathcormac NS when he said he would not lobby the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe.
He explained that he had not received votes in the area when he ran for election to the Dail in 2007.
“I was contacted by a representative for the parents’ council and told her straight out my position. Des O’Malley used to do the same. All things being equal, I asked her why I should look after the people of Rathcormac if they didn’t look after me? I told her there was no funding available.”
Because you’re a fucking elected representative perhaps, Ned, who gets paid by those taxpayers in Rathcormac?
But, there you have it.
Fuck you Rathcormac if you don’t vote for me. And fuck you and your children in their Portakabins.
Fuck you if you don’t vote Fianna Fail. And if you don’t vote for me next time, I might just stop road repairs, reduce the number of gardai, and give planning permission for a dump next to you, too.
[Disclosure] I work for the group which owns the Evening Echo. The opinions expressed are my own.