Tony Gregory

Robbie Gilligan O’Brien Press

Sunday Independent 11 December 2011

Tony Gregory is an unusual figure in Irish politics: a committed politician of the left, who delivered for a specific community, and a genuine independent who didn’t compromise and could not be said to be in any way in the game for financial gain, or pure careerism. No such saint is without flaws, but when you look at the ministerial pensions list revealed recently, with all those long-forgotten grey eminences still pulling out up to a hundred grand each or more from the beleaguered State finances because they once sat on a ministerial seat, you realise just what a genuine article Gregory was.