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Friday 19 September 2014

Canvassing on crutches seems to be catching

Published 26/04/2014 | 02:30

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Finian McGrath

A peculiar silence has fallen over the environs of Dublin North Central. No longer are the citizens of Clontarf and Coolock disturbed by regular sonic booms sparked by indefatigable Independent TD Finian McGrath (right) on yet another high-speed canvass.

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For poor auld Finian is back on the crutches – a mishap that has put a halt to his gallop as the local elections loom.

His woes began when he limped off the dance floor last December – he had been in training to take part in a 'Strictly Come Dancing' gala to raise money for breast cancer research, but did his knee in while practising the Charleston. "I was doing leg flicks like Michael Flatley, when I felt the ligaments go," he recalled. But he had been up and running again, canvassing with local councillor Damien O'Farrell, who is seeking re-election in the Clontarf ward, when he tripped on the Howth Road on Good Friday and put his knee out again.

"I'm back on the crutches and need surgery, but the consultant took pity and gave me a three-week amnesty until the elections are over," he explained.

Coincidentally, Mr O'Farrell also fell recently and scuppered his ankle and he too spent some time on crutches.

"We're both still out on the doors, but we're very slow," Finian sighed. Oh dear, it looks like the accident-prone pair are more hobbling-mates than running-mates, so.

Irish Independent

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