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Alec's Premature Retirement

Mark Devenport | 15:03 UK time, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Gerry Adams held a mini-walkabout in Andersonstown (he got about 20 yards before stopping at a cafe for a cup of coffee). A pensioner with a black flat cap visited the Sinn Fein President and his posse outside Connolly House. But when he spotted Alec Maskey, the senior citizen quipped "I thought you'd retired!"

It was an obvious reference to Margaret Ritchie's jibe during the election debate when she claimed that Mr Maskey's withdrawal from South Belfast amounted to his "retirement from politics". When I asked him where he planned to spend his retirement, Alec replied he would be working hard in South Belfast "just like I have for the past 9 years".

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