A tale of two Tipperarys…
Can there be two more unlikely constituency colleagues than Mattie McGrath and Martin Mansergh, both of Fianna Fail, in Tipperary South?
Let’s look at their entries in Nealon’s Guide to the 30th Dail, where Mansergh is described as Oxford-educated; a special advisor to three Taoisigh; responsible for the dialogue leading to the IRA ceasefire; a coalition negotiator and member of the Council of State.
McGrath was the 1974 all-Ireland set dancer. He is a plant-hire owner and formerly an agricultural salesman, with a diploma in communications skills from UCC, and he was also a county councillor.