We spend a lot of time reaching out to politicians and political operatives, some want to talk to us and some don't. It's a tough profession that comes with a lot of public scrutiny so we really appreciate when we can get even a small insight into their world. We recently spoke to some current Irish TD's and other people who work in the political sphere and here is what they shared with us.
The best piece of advice I received during my political career was "be yourself, don't try to be someone or something you are not."
Micheal Harty, Independent TD in Clare.
"Always remember to be a national politician, you must be elected locally so go out every day to do your best to help people when you can."
Micheal Healy-Rae, Independent TD in Kerry South.
The best advice I ever received in relation to politics is to stick to your principles and to be yourself.
Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin TD in Louth.
The only piece of advice I received was to concentrate on my own work and not mind what others are doing.
Maureen O Sullivan, Independent TD for Dublin Central.
Something a little different...
The best piece of advice I ever received in relation to political PR came from a press officer for a rival party: Never look or act surprised by a journalist's question. Respond by saying you will look into it.
Alan Roden, Scottish Labour communications director.
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