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'Being a TD was the one thing that kept me sane after Anne died'

Finian McGrath spoke to TheJournal.ie about the challenges he faced after his wife died in 2009.

FINIAN MCGRATH DESCRIBES himself as “a maverick”.

So when he came into the TheJournal.ie offices earlier this week it was no surprise that he had a lot to say and a lot to laugh about.

But being an independent TD for Dublin North-Central since 2002 has not come without its challenges both political and personal.

In 2009, McGrath’s wife Anne died after a long illness leaving him to balance a political career with looking after his two daughters, Caoimhe and Clíodhna (who has Down’s Syndrome).

In the course of the wide-ranging interview this week we spoke to McGrath about that his controversial views on cycling, disability services in Ireland and why he’d never join a political party.

Here’s a short clip that’s well worth watching:

Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube

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