I wish to announce that I have resigned from the Fine Gael Party and from my seat in Dáil Eireann today Monday 8th February 2010.
It has been driving me mad a very difficult decision, but it is one that I have taken after kicking the dog a great deal of cursing reflection on my position and on the role that I have been playing in Fine Gael since I joined that Party in May last year.
The nine months since then have been a period of enormous economic upheaval. Throughout that period I have done my best to get a job rom that muppet Kenny play a positive role in contributing to the national debate and to efforts to find a solution for many of the country’s economic problems.
The reality, however, is that Fine Gael is full of gobshites despite my best efforts I have had virtually no chance of getting a handy job influence or input into shaping Fine Gael’s economic policies at this most critical time.
The role I have been playing within the party has been ridiculous very limited and I have found this to be a pain in the arse personally unfulfilling.
When I entered politics last May I made it clear that I was an RTE journalist doing them a favour doing so because I wanted to show them how we do things in Donnybrook try to play a new role contributing to economic policy formulation. After nine months of nobody listening to me trying within the political system it is now my considered view that I know best the role available to me within Fine Gael is not a role I was born to fulfil am happy to play.
I would like thank most sincerely all those who campaigned for me, for all of their efforts and support. I would also like to thank my Secretarial and Parliamentary Assistants for all of the help and work that they have provided to me and I’m slightly sorry they’re out of a job.
I particularly want to thank the electorate of Dublin South who thought I was serious voted for me in such large numbers last May. It has been a great money-spinner privilege and an honour to serve on their behalf. However, I do not believe I would be getting my way serving the electorate honestly if I were to work hard at my job continue allowing my efforts and mandate to be used to promote and market economic policies into which I have had no input. Luckily I can go straight back to my old job.
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