Comment: Politics is not a job for life

Nobody is forced to stand for election and no politician is forced to stay in politics.

Nobody is forced to stand for election and no politician is forced to stay in politics.

At the last General Election Olwyn Enright had the courage of her convictions and stood aside for personal reasons.

Politics in Ireland needs more of these types of honest decisions. Instead, what we have is people staying in politics for the wrong reasons.

It is true that you have to have to be a certain type of person to stay in politics. It requires skills and characteristics that few of us have.

But is it a job for life? Most Irish politicians seem to think so.

The result is that the laudable motivation that got people into politics gets lost in the cycle of elections and possibly, for some, financial return.

The conservative nature of Irish voters means that, once a politician is elected they tend to get re-elected time and time again. This is a problem at both national and local.

If a politician believes he or she would be better off doing something else for financial or other reason – they should grasp the nettle and get out.

The length of service could also be cut short under the law. Limits could be set on the time politicians can serve in office.

Anybody with problems with the budget also has options. Resign from their party and make a statement or stay in tent and influence from within.

Ultimately politics is more than a way to make a living but it is not a job for life.