“Because he wouldn’t be elected!” is the obvious answer, and it’s a telling one. After all, everyone knows that Kerry South hasn’t been affected by the failure of banking regulation, and the subsequent inpact on public spending, unemployment or emigration. Nor has Mayo, or Sligo-North Leitrim or Meath East. Those things only affect Dublin South, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin South East.
What’s that you say? Those things have affected those areas too? Really? Well, then, why is it that candidates who openly want to deal with national issues won’t run in those constituencies? Shane Ross is from Wicklow. Why has he chosen to run in Dublin South? Because the conventional wisdom is that Dublin South might elect a “national” politician, whereas most other constituencies, including most Dublin ones, won’t. Instead, they all want someone to stand up for the local area. Someone else in some other constituency can deal with all that national stuff. Like banking, employment, emigration, public services: Sure what’s that got to do with us ’round here?