‘I don’t protest at the drop of a hat. I challenge the system’

Clare Daly has been a thorn in the side of the Irish establishment for more than a decade. In a candid interview, the Independents 4 Change TD lays out her uncompromising approach to politics

22nd January, 2017
‘I don’t protest at the drop of a hat. I challenge the system’
Clare Daly: ‘People say I’m against everything. Well, no, I’m not actually. I’m for loads of things. I just happen to be against a lot of the established order’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

When the blue lights flashed in her rear view mirror, Clare Daly began a rapid reversal of fortune that would see her end up on the Six One News the following evening. It was January 2013, and she had just made a confused turn in an unfamiliar part of town. She had a bad cold, and had earlier had a hot whiskey at a friend’s house before driving. Within minutes, she was standing on the...

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