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Call it a Comeback

This ex-TD (and occasional pop singer) is teaming up with Shane Ross for a Dáil comeback

He’s probably remembered best for a four-letter Dáíl tirade at Labour’s Emmet Stagg.

FORMER GREEN PARTY TD Paul Gogarty – perhaps best known for his recession-era four-letter tirade at the current Labour chief whip – is plotting a Dáil comeback.

The two-term deputy claimed a seat on South Dublin County Council last year, for the Lucan area.

He’s joining forces with Shane Ross’s Independent Alliance, and plans to run in Dublin Mid West where he’ll be up against the likes of Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald and Labour’s Joanna Tuffy.

(We’ll get the obligatory clip of his 2009 rant at Emmet Stagg out of the way before we recap what he’s been up to since)…

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Life after Dáil

Gogarty has long since left the Green Party fold, after his membership lapsed.

And after departing Leinster House, the former journalist pursued a career as a musician under the name ‘His Sweet Surprise’ .

His efforts included the not-so-subtle anti-drugs track, ‘Molly is a Liar’ (below). In a lengthy biog released today with his election press release, he notes that his second single ‘Know You All My Life’ reached number one on the 7Digital download chart.

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There were also appearances on ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ and a number of other TV shows in those post-Dáil years.

“I am looking forward to working more closely with members of the Independent Alliance over the coming months,” Gogarty said this morning.

“This is the largest and most radical new political grouping and the one best poised to challenge the status quo of democratic centralism practised by the traditional parties of Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Read: Former Green TD (turned musician) Paul Gogarty gains council seat

Read: Guess which former Green TD turned pop singer is back in politics?

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