You see Joe is what we Aussies call " A Battler". He attended the meetings before the election to listen to the parents and carers of kids and adults with disabilities.
He attended more meetings and visited homes like mine AFTER he was elected to see first hand how important a tailored and individual education is to our quality of life.
And he lead a rebel group of his parliamentary colleagues behind the scenes to lobby the previous Minister for Education to change her mind and overcome her "blockage" against the provision of such education for the children who need it. Children who are considered "unreachable", and "unmanageable" by the standard special educational services, but who thrive in the type of school that my kids attend now.
Forget Joe Sixpack, our Deputy Joe is a Fair Dinkum hero and I want him to feel the love and admiration that many special parents will be sending out to him tonight.
You can email or send him a message of congratulations for having the cojones to stand up for what he knows is right here.
And if you live in Wicklow be sure to drop by his constituency office and leave him a note, a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers; "Diana" style, tomorrow.
The rest of you can just comment!
Happy Happy Hammie tonight.
Have a great weekend and drink a toast to our Joe, The little Irish Battler!