FF’s Ned scoops prize in Fine Gael draw

We are all used to the bickering and points scoring which has become part and parcel of our political landscape but in one corner of Cork the politicians are all too often able to “draw” on support even from their political opponents.

FF’s Ned scoops prize in Fine Gael draw

And the result of Wednesday’s Fine Gael national draw once again proved party lines don’t hamper the chances of a win in Cork East.

For the winner of one of the hampers on offer was a Mr Ned O’Keeffe — the same Mr O’Keeffe who represented Fianna Fáil in the constituency for 28 years.

What is more, it wasn’t the first time that he benefited handsomely thanks to the selection prowess of someone from a rival party.

For, as his son Kevin explained, in the late 1980s there was a fundraising draw in Mallow with a car as the top prize.

The winning ticket was drawn by former Sinn Féin, Workers Party, Democratic Left, and Labour party politician Joe Sherlock.

And whose name did he draw out? Ned O’Keeffe.

In relation to Ned O’Keeffe’s latest win, his son was asked whether, as a former Fianna Fáil TD, would it be frowned upon for his father to be buying a ticket from Fine Gael?

Kevin joked: “Like anybody when they are approached by somebody in politics, it is very hard to say no.”

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