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Inside Story: Loca motions

The pay's low and the work is often tedious - so what motivates people to run for the office of local councillor? Catherine Murphy reports.

30th March, 2014
Nadine Meisonnave, a Fine Gael candidate for the local elections in Pembroke South Dock Area in Dublin. Picture: Feargal Ward

Who'd be a local councillor? You only have to glance briefly at webcasts of recent council meetings to get a sense of the dull minutiae, nitty-gritty and tedium of local government work. More to the point, who would stand as a councillor at a time when many politicians aren't exactly held in high regard by the public?

And yet, more than 1,600 people have already lined up to stand in the local elections on May...

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