Local Labour TD Pat Rabbitte announced last month that he won’t be contesting the next general election in this constituency. Since being elected as a TD in 1989 as a member of the Workers Party, he has been one of the country’s most high profile politicians.
He led the Labour Party from 2002 to 2007 and his most recent cabinet position was as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
He lost this post last year in a reshuffle after Joan Burton’s appointment as party leader last year.
The Tánaiste Ms Burton was one of the first to remark on the news. “While Pat has had a significant national profile, he has always worked hard for the entire community in Dublin South West,” Burton said. “He will also be long remembered for the forensic and painstaking work he did as a member of the DIRT Inquiry.”
“Pat’s wit and insight are unique and I am sure that while he is exiting politics, he will not be lost to Irish public life. There is no doubt that Pat has been one of the truly outstanding parliamentarians of his generation.”
We will have a full-length interview with Pat Rabbitte in our next edition.