With an unprecedented number of new candidates in the running, Irish politics is set for a fresh injection of new blood. The first of many hard lessons came early as the experienced and wily covered the country in posters a day before the law permits.
In other rule flouting news, ESB Networks have issued a warning that posters on electricity poles are strictly prohibited due to the threat of fire as well as creating blind spots for traffic.
Outrage in Wexford as 17 Aontú posters disappeared within 4 days of being erected. When a rival candidate was found up a ladder last Saturday morning with a pair of clippers in hand, they claimed to be merely “straightening” them.
A week into her campaign, Fidelma Healy Eames’ crowdfunding effort has so far amassed six donations, totalling less than 1% of her 30k target.
The Workers Party are less than delighted following Clare Daly’s entry. The Fingal TD is hotly tipped to take a seat in Dublin where she will hoover much of the sizeable left wing vote. Daly had previously endorsed WP candidate Cllr Eilis Ryan and spoke at her election launch in February.
“Horrible way to get their message across. That is a historic monument, not a political forum for prochoice” – Fine Gael local election candidate Declan Burgess takes issue with local activists politicising the Rock of Cashel, September 2017
“Hello from under the Rock of Cashel! [..] Tomorrow back at canvassing seeking your No.1 Vote on May 24th” – Fine Gael local election candidate Declan Burgess, campaign video April 2019