My friend is not a fan of Willie O'Dea and he can't for the life of himself understand how anyone could vote for the Fianna Fáil incumbent.
Well, the answer is simple - Willie is Limerick's most hard working and accessible TD and that is an undeniable fact.
If you ever had cause to visit his constituency office you will know what I mean; if there is something that Willie can do to help he will do it and if there isn't he will tell you straight and point you in the right direction.
But Fianna Fáil wrecked the country, how could anyone vote for them?
I don't exactly agree with that sentiment. We all "wrecked the country" by taking loans that we couldn't really afford to pay back, by buying over-priced houses and inflating the bubble. If Fianna Fáil (and the rest of the parties) are guilty of anything it is of standing idly by.
Besides I am not so much voting for Fianna Fáil as I am for Willie O'Dea.
Willie has a track record of acting independently and of refusing the party whip and out of all the candidates I can honestly say he has done the most for me and the resident's groups I'm involved with.
Willie joins Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance (BWRA) protest outside hall (2012) https://youtu.be/Vtlcbja-OME?t=30m14s
Willie takes the BWRA tour of the "regeneration zone":
Many of the answers and results that the Weston Gardens Residents' Association, the Moyross Resident' Alliance and the BWRA have achieved have been because of the representations that Willie has made on our behalf.
And while I don't always agree with Willie and he doesn't always agree with me, he will always pay me the compliment of a rational opposition and that's a rare thing to find in Irish politics these days.
As an Independent Community Activist I have no hesitation in referring people to his clinics because I know he will do what he can to help them.
However, one of the most important factors for me in this election is that Willie is Pro-Life and when all is said and done, that is all I really need to know.