I think I have found the definition for an optimist. The Irish Times are reporting that Tom McEllistrim is already canvassing for the next election in the Killarney area no less. What with the gender quotas et al I would pretty sure that Norma will get the nod to run from the Tralee/North Kerry end of the constituency.
However, one senior political source said, after hearing the former TD was again out door-to-door in Killarney accompanied by supporters: “We are just gobsmacked.”
McEllistrim on the canvass as he seeks Dáil return - The Irish Times - Fri, Oct 26, 2012