Pat Leahy: Voters often take the politicians’ side anyway

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Councillor Hugh McElvaneyRTE

There are many examples of Irish politicians who have survived after abusing their office

‘I will survive. Have no doubt about that.”

Hugh McElvaney, the Monaghan councillor secretly filmed by RTÉ asking for money to assist with planning applications, was not for turning. He told his local newspaper, the Anglo Celt, that it was he who had caught RTÉ out, not the other way around.

“I’ll admit it didn’t show me in a great light for people outside Cavan-Monaghan who don’t know me,” he admitted. But he would “take...

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