Friday 2 December 2016

Floating Voter Day 22: Callan claims election victory as he beats Miriam and Claire

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Oliver Callan and Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Oliver Callan and Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Derek Nolan
The Tweeting Voter: "Mammy to me: 'If it's a hung Dáil you can just leave the posters up. Like that time you left your Christmas tree up till March" - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin @AodhanORiordain Photo: Collins

He may be off the airwaves due to the broadcasting moratorium but comedian Oliver Callan is claiming an election victory of his own.

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More than 661,000 viewers watched him - as he put it - "skewer Enda, Joan, Micheál and Gerry" on last week's 'Late Late Show'.

He says that was 50pc of TV viewers that night, beating the 47pc who tuned into the 'Prime Time' debate on Tuesday and 'Claire Byrne Live's' 48pc last week.

Afterwards, Oliver Callan said he wasn't surprised that people preferred a skit on the debates over watching the real leaders.

"Viewers have been sick of watching the four of them shouting over each other and dodging questions whereas the 'Callan's Kicks' version probably contained more truth," he said.

"Nothing is beyond parody in Ireland and I think I was lucky to appear at just the right time when people wanted to see these four get a good kicking on live TV. We don't riot to express anger in this country; we take the mick," Callan added.

They said what...

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams urged young people "not to listen to the bullsh*t" and vote in today's General Election.

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Labour's Derek Nolan took a break from the campaign trail to post a smiling picture to social media of him posing with a defaced election poster - of himself.

The poster shows him donning lipstick, rouge, bright new hair, an earring and a new thick black moustache.

The Galway West candidate gave credit to what he called "the artist" for giving him "the biggest laugh" of his General Election campaign.

Mr Nolan posed next to the poster, showing a before and after of sorts.

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She backed their campaign for a memorial to Dubliner and former Barcelona legend Patrick O'Connell who managed the side in the 1930s.

Now his memorial organisation have reciprocated, making a video endorsing Dublin Central Independent candidate Maureen O'Sullivan. "So much in politics is about infighting and controversy... so it's great getting the opportunity to do something positive," Maureen said of here involvement in the campaign for a memorial.

The Tweeting Voter

"Mammy to me: 'If it's a hung Dáil you can just leave the posters up. Like that time you left your Christmas tree up till March" - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin @AodhanORiordain

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