Fresh challenge for canny Parlon

Tom Parlon was always an unlikely Progressive Democrat, but the manner of his leaving indicates little enduring attachment to the party of which he was a member for just five years.

14th July, 2007

Tom Parlon was always an unlikely Progressive Democrat, but the manner of his leaving indicates little enduring attachment to the party of which he was a member for just five years.

When the former president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) announced in early 2002 that he would be the party’s candidate in the PDs’ previously barren territory of Laois-Offaly, it was widely known he had been in discussions with both Fianna Fail and Fine...

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