I noticed that Shane Ross who running for the TCD panel has made big play of who his nominators are. Amongst them are Willie Walsh, David McWilliams and Sarah Carey.
My nominators and assenters are not quite as well known I suppose, but I think they are quite broadly representative of NUI graduates and regular Irish people generally. They might not be quite the council of ten perhaps rule by the great and the good is something that democracy was designed to avoid.
I would like to acknowledge Professor Don Barry, President of UL who offered to sign up as a nominator. However, I had at that point taken a number of birds in the hand as it were and my list was completed.
I'm not going to name them as I'm the one putting my head in the public eye not them:
My start half were from Killorglin in one way,shape or form
1) I had three cousins in the one family who are NUI graduates but it turned out none of them were on the register thankfully one of their wives was. She is a teacher. From Killorglin
2) Then there was a friend of hers from Killorglin who is also a teacher.
3) The daughter of a former work colleague of my father's, also a teacher. From Killorglin.
4) The brother of a mate from Killorglin who working for a company involved in construction.
5) A mate from school in Killorglin who is a partner in a law firm in Dublin.
6) A work colleague at UL and someone I did some teaching for.
7) A political acquaintance who is probably much better known than I'm ever likely to be. Originally from Meath now living in Dublin.
8) A colleague at UL from Tipperary.
9) A colleague at UL from Carlow.
10) A former housemate and a fellow engineer who is from Westmeath.