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"Never say never" ... Michael McDowell hints at possible return to politics
McDowell made a definitive statement upon losing his seat in 2007 that his time as a public representative was now over.

FORMER TÁNAISTE AND Progressive Democrats leader Michael McDowell hinted at a possible return to politics this morning, although he stopped short on speculating how that might occur.

Asked by Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning whether he would rule out a return to representative politics, he said:

“Like Charles Stewart Parnell I will never say never.

“I do believe that people who actually like their State, like their Constitution like their democracy should never say ‘I will never do anything’.

“The odds of my being able to play any useful part in the future are diminished from what they were at one stage but I would love to do whatever I can in public life in whatever way I can to make this country work.

And if I have something to offer and if the opportunity came up I would avail of it.

The former Attorney General and justice minister, who has returned to a successful private legal career in recent years, made a definitive statement upon losing his seat in 2007 that his time as a public representative was now over.

The former PD lost his seat to John Gormley of the Greens in that year’s general election.

Earlier in this morning’s radio interview, he said he had had “no part whatsoever” in the formation of either Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland party or the alliance of independents being put together by TD Shane Ross.

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