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Wallace: "Huge disconnect" between some politicians and the real world

Independent TD Mick Wallace said that it shocked him how many politicians “don’t know what it is like in the real world”.

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INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace has said that some politicians don’t know what it is like “in the real world”.

The Wexford man made the comments on the Marian Finucane show on RTÉ this morning, when asked by the presenter how he feels about his entrance into politics.

Wallace said that being a TD has been both “very frustrating” and “very interesting” and that the experience “is invaluable”.

He said that if he hadn’t entered the political world, he would have always been curious about it.

He said that what shocks him the most about the Dáil:

…is that I actually find it strange that so many people in there don’t know what it is like in the real world.

He said there is a “huge disconnect” that is “disappointing”, and that he has met people who are in a very difficult place, but he doesn’t think this is understood in the chamber.

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Deputy Wallace cautioned that while he is not saying that politicians don’t care, “some do and some don’t” and that there can be a “lack of understanding”.

Meanwhile, fellow deputy Peter Mathews from Fine Gael said that entering the Dáil has been “an invaulable experience” and that “some people are very sensitive and attuned and savvy with what’s going on and others are detached”.

He added that he found there was a procedural pace to things in the Dáil that can be labyrinthine.

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