Monday 26 September 2016

Floating Voter Day 15: Christy asks Christy: 'How can I elect you in this crazy world?'

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke is the latest candidate to land a celebrity endorsement – singer Christy Dignam of Aslan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke is the latest candidate to land a celebrity endorsement – singer Christy Dignam of Aslan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
AAA’s Paul Murphy tweeted a pic of Joan Burton and Enda Kenny as ‘Status Quo’
The Tweeting Voter Day 15: “#GE16 The competition is fierce!” - Bridget Clarke @Whitefeather15

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke is the latest candidate to land a celebrity endorsement - singer Christy Dignam of Aslan.

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The Independent candidate bumped into the singer while canvassing in Cabra and Dignam appealed to his fans to "give this man your number one vote for all he's done for north inner city Dublin".

Mr Burke said he is "really honoured and privileged" at the thumbs-up from Dignam - who has fought a battle with cancer in recent years.

"I know Christy donkey's years," he told Floating Voter.

"It was great first of all to see him looking so good and expressing himself so well and it really sort of boosted me for the night," he added.

Burke, who famously tried to save the ill-fated Garth Brooks gigs in Croke Park, said he's a big fan of Aslan.

"I know lots of his songs but 'How can I protect you in this crazy world' always does something for me," Mr Burke said.

He said that Mr Dignam can't vote for him because he lives in Finglas. "But his fans can," Mr Burke said, laughing.

They said what!?

Fine Gael’s Simon Harris: “I’d never get a job as Carol Vorderman.”

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Candidates are living in fear in Longford as a dastardly villain is beheading them - well, cutting their faces out of posters anyway. Among the victims are FG's Peter Burke and Gabrielle McFadden as well as Independent James Morgan and SF's Paul Hogan. Morgan told the 'Longford Leader' he caught a man in the act: "He said he was cutting them out because they were paid for by the taxpayer." Mr Morgan told him he'd paid for his out of his own pocket. We'll keep you posted if the culprit is caught.

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Labour's 'No Direction' boyband attack ad caused a stir among some of those depicted. AAA's Paul Murphy tweeted a pic of Joan Burton and Enda Kenny as 'Status Quo'. Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said Labour's "so out of touch they don't even know there are only four members of One Direction". Labour replied saying: "It's obvious you're Zayn and... you'd be the first to leave."

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Every Tuesday and Friday, our new podcasts on Independent.ie cut through the soundbites in the General Election. The Floating Voter, hosted by INM Group Political Editor Kevin Doyle, will go behind the headlines with political correspondents Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan to debate the parties, personalities and the parish pump.

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