Sunday 26 February 2017

Floating Voter Day 16: Safe to say Healy-Rae will never get a number one in pop charts

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Michael Healy-Rae
Michael Healy-Rae
Healy-Rae isn’t the only candidate with a new song. The Green Party’s Tipperary candidate Gearóid Fitzgibbon has also got musical
#GE16... And #HappyFriday!! - Keith McConnon @KeithMcCo

Strained harmonies? Check. Cheesy lines? Check. Michael Healy-Rae pictured with a gun? Check.

After a teaser last week where the Kerry TD's son posted a snap of him online wearing headphones at a mic, music fans feared the worst.

Thankfully, in his second election song that's just landed, Healy-Rae doesn't actually sing, but instead gives an impassioned speech halfway through.

This time it's set to the tune of Walk the Moon's 'Shut up and Dance' and includes pics of Healy-Rae with his candidate brother Danny as well as singer Daniel O'Donnell.

Local band Truly Diverse - who were behind his first song 'Make the Diff' - do the honours this time too.

It goes: "It's time to vote him in, back to the Dáil again, I said vote Healy Rae your number one-uh-ne, two or three, he will always help in any way, so vote number one! Michael-Healy-Rae!

"Vote number Michael He-ee-ee-ealy Rae, vote number one Healy-Raaaaaaaae..."

Dare to listen? We did and it will haunt our dreams.

They said what!?

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell on trying to unseat Renua leader Lucinda Creighton: “Our plan is working”.

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Healy-Rae isn't the only candidate with a new song. The Green Party's Tipperary candidate Gearóid Fitzgibbon, right, has also got musical. Only he wrote and performed the song himself. It doesn't start promisingly, with a line about constituency boundaries: "Tipperary back together for the election, first time since '48".

But the Christy Moore-esque effort picks up, with lines about each of his competitors: "There's Noelie Coonan out driving in his tractor... Alan Kelly trying to stay at the top table."

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Bruce Springsteen is playing Croke Park in May but he might detour to see his ancestral home in Rathangan, Co Kildare, while he's at it. And if he does, Kildare County Council must roll out the red carpet and throw a civic reception. That's what Fianna Fáil's Kildare South candidate, Fiona O'Loughlin, a recent Mayor of Kildare, told Floating Voter.

She says the Boss might have been 'Born in the USA' but genealogists have established that his family originated in Rathangan.

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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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