HARD work, carving out a nice for himself nationally and identifying with the people he represents are part of the reason why John McGuinness believes he was re-elected to the Dail on Sunday.
Remarkably he was the second person elected and with 12.9% of the vote, he proved his critics wrong and showed that when the going gets tough the McGuinness family are equal to the challenge.
He was relieved after being elected at Cillin Hill on Sunday and the first thing he did was to pay respects to his fallen comrades including fellow Kilkenny TD, Bobby Aylward and said that his thoughts were with him and he felt sure he would come back to fight another day.
concentrating on his own performance, it was obvious from along way out as votes were being counted from all parts of the constituency that he was getting votes every where and this was probably own to his national profile. He admitted that if he hadn’t taken the stand he had against former Fianna Fail Taoiseach, Brian Cowen and Tanaiste, Mary Coughlan he probably wouldn’t have been elected. He made it clear that he hadn’t gone down the road of whistleblower to get re-elected but to get the party to face the challenges for the sake of the country.
Asked why he was elected with such ease, he said it was down to telling the truth, representing the people honestly and calling it as it is on local and national issues.
Surrounded by his wife Margaret and his entire family, Deputy McGuinness said he was sorry that the party could not see the sense of what he was saying in 2008. “If they had called it likewise they would not be in the predicament they are now in.
Sounding like man who could be throwing his hat in the ring for the position of deputy leader of the party he said: “We now have to rebuild this party and to win back the trust of the Irish electorate after letting them down. The hammering the party has take around the country is based on wrong decisions being taken over a long period of time and some of this is historical going back to Charlie Haughey’s time,” he said
Asked what is the secret of john McGuinness’s success that others are envious of, Deputy McGuinness said: “really, and I know I am repeating myself, it is all down to hard work, identifying with communities and working directly with them, trying to do the best you can for them at local and national level and all politics in the end is local but you must have a national aspect to your representation.
And he did this bit of advice for any Fine Gael or Labour TDs who were going to become ministers in the new Government. “Before you go in read my book; “The house Always Wins.”