Division Bell: Crumbling credibility of independent TDs

Support for independent politicians has been at historically high levels in recent times, so why are they not more politically effective, asks Pat Leahy.

17th March, 2013
They are not taken seriously because many of them do not behave seriously.

One of the consistent trends in political support in the polls since before the last election has been the strong support for the independents/non-party/smaller parties.

In the most recent Red C tracking poll for *The Sunday Business Post*, support for the independents fell off a bit, but in the previous few polls it was around the 20 per cent mark, a fifth of the electorate.

To put this in context, this is between one...

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