A south Donegal Co. Cllr. has decided to take a career break to focus on politics stressing that the work involved in being a local representative deserves his full attention if he is to do the job right.
Independent Cllr. John Campbell who replaced Deputy Thomas Pringle on the Co. Council last year after the Killybegs man was elected to Dáil Eireann had been working as a secondary school teacher at St. Columba’s Comprehensive school in Glenties.
Campbell told the Donegal Democrat yesterday that after a lot of consideration and discussion with both friends and colleagues he decided to take a break from teaching saying that is impossible to juggle the demands of both professions.
Campbell said, “Both jobs are highly intensive and demanding and to be honest I found myself leaving home at 7am and maybe not returning until midnight - it was from the bed to the job to the bed.
“I felt that I owed it to the people that I represent and to the students that I was teaching to focus fully on one and I have decided to devote all my energies to politics in the hope that I can bring effective change.
“People do not realise that in politics meetings can often be pre-arranged and then at short notice be changed albeit for a valid reason. I just cannot walk out of a classroom at such short notice - I have a duty to my students.”
Campbell added that if he were to live up to the reputation that Thomas Pringle had established as being always available his choice was inevitable.
Cllr. Campbell said that on a personal level that his quality of life should improve but that by taking the break it has involved a considerable financial sacrifice.
“The one consolation is that I know that I will be providing somebody else with the opportunity to gain some valuable experience in the classroom and take someone off the job seeker’s allowance.”