He was seen in The Irish Times, with matching stitches and stride for stride with Bobby Molloy and a few other newly elected TDs and they heading for Dáil Éireann after the Progressive Democrats’ first election in 1987.
He was the ‘poster boy’ for an embattled business community in Castleisland on the front page of The Kerryman in 1994 after a visiting group of revelers cut loose on several public houses in town.
He has a specially autographed photograph and letter from former Taoiseach Brian Cowen hanging on the wall. Dermot Horan’s life-long interest in politics has seen him rub shoulders with the heavyweights on the Irish landscape down through the years.
Now, barring the announcement of a snap general election, he’s about to make his RTÉ Television debut.
Former journalist with The Kingdom Newspaper and Caherciveen native, Micheál Lehane interviewed Dermot at the launch of former TD, John O’Leary’s book On the Door-Steps in Killarney last night.
Erudition and wit are saucers of tea to the bould Dermot and we can only hope that Micheál Lehane can afford him the time to show his many colours.
The piece is scheduled to screen on The Week in Politics on this Sunday on RTÉ 1.
The programme is presented by Aine Lawlor and the RTÉ Political Unit. It is broadcast each Sunday live at 12 noon on RTÉ One with another chance to see it after 11pm that night.