Flanagan turns out to be just another insider

The colourful Roscommon politician's penalty-points evasion has done major damage to his maverick status, writes Richard Curran.

17th March, 2013
Why do even the biggest outsiders become insiders after a few months in the Dáil?

The election of a raft of new faces to Dáil Éireann just two years ago brought something fresh to national and local politics. Deputies such as Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Richard Boyd Barrett and Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, did something more than just lift the mundanity of replacing Fianna Fáilers with Fine Gaelers. These individuals were colourful, very different to each other, opinionated and determined to bring something new to the Dáil....

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