Una Mullally: Senator’s remarks show establishment does not want young people in politics
Independent senator out of step as young people help shape Ireland of tomorrow
Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell: discouraged young people from being involved in politics, while a public gallery full of teenagers looked on.
Sometimes it feels as though there is a particular class of senators who approach the sport as pure hobbyists. This feeling – however misplaced – is given credence when a senator you haven’t heard of in a while says something silly.
Last week, it was Marie-Louise O’Donnell’s turn, a senator via the blessing of Taoiseach’s nominee, twice nominated by Enda Kenny. Both are around the same age and from the same part of Mayo, which is a coincidence. O’Donnell took to the floor to discourage young people from being involved in politics, while a public gallery full of teenagers – presumably mouths agape – looked on.