Sunday 23 October 2016

Floating Voter Day 20: Fine Gael's Helen gets 'earful' over state of the GAA in Meath

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Helen McEntee. Photo: Frank McGrath
Helen McEntee. Photo: Frank McGrath
The vandalised Ged Nash poster
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Meath farmer 'Eugene' wants to give Fine Gael Meath East candidate Helen McEntee (right) "an earful" on the state of GAA in the Royal County.

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She's the niece of Meath All-Ireland legend Gerry McEntee, and Eugene remembers his heyday "when men were men" and there were "lads who would burst you" on the team. "I'm not one f***ing bit happy," he roars down the phone. "[I] asked her, What in the name of Jaysus is going on at the minute?"

In case you hadn't guessed, this is the latest election video backing a candidate and it's very funny. It stars comedian Rory O'Connor from Ashbourne.

The video eventually gets to the political point - the sports grants bestowed on Meath by the Government. "So youse are doing something after all, youse are?" a happy Eugene asks.

"I'm going to head off now - fierce busy," he signs off.

"You have to inject a bit of humour into things sometimes," McEntee says. "There'd be a long line of sport in my family," she adds, recalling her uncle's All-Ireland glory "when men were men and they'd burst you".

They said what!?

"I was tired, I was hungry and I was extremely frustrated at what was going on at that table." - Labour's Ann Phelan on her radio walk-out


It's the vanishing act that has one candidate wondering if it was the blustery weather or something more sinister. "Several hundred" of Limerick County hopeful Patrick O'Donovan's posters have disappeared. The same thing happened in 2011 and he put it down to "skulduggery" at the time. "Some people were putting it down to Storm Imogen," he told Floating Voter, "but she must have been a very politically selective storm because it just so happened that it was only mine that seemed to be disappearing."


As poster vandalism goes, Labour minister Ged Nash's new hairstyle is a cut above the rest. Somebody went to a lot of effort to give him the new hair-do using his party colleague Mary Moran's flowing blonde tresses.

"No need for the hair transplant now - I'm loving the luxurious locks," Nash told Floating Voter. "Hopefully all voters in Louth and East Meath prefer a blonde."

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