Thursday 29 September 2016

Floating voter day 9: A Healy-Rae in headphones - what fresh horror is this?

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Michael Healy Rae
Michael Healy Rae

The only thing that instils more sense of dread than a politician pictured wearing earphones in front of a mic is a professional footballer doing the same thing.

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We can only guess at what Michael Healy Rae has in mind, because team MHR are keeping things close to their chest. Michael's son, Jackie Jnr, who tweeted the pic said he was "hitting the studio with Truly Diverse again. What's in store next I wonder?"

Michael replied: "Eurovision maybe?" Truly Diverse are the band responsible for Michael's last hit 'Make the Diff' which includes the immortal line: "And there's no time for tae".

The video famously featured snaps of Michael holding a gun and cuddling a Labrador.

Jackie Jnr is keeping tight-lipped about what they're cooking up in Kilgaravn.

"It's classified," he says, but promises something special in the days before the election.

A duet perhaps, now that Danny's in the race.

They said what!?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on TV debate: “This is not to be turned into any kind of international bout.”

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He's not usually one to wash his hands of a challenge, but Simon Harris (right) is offering a "Refreshing Future for Wicklow".

His team are handing out wet wipes to motorists with Simon's face plastered on the pack.

DJ Rick O'Shea was handed some and asked online: "would you vote for a candidate who gave you wet wipes in traffic??!?"

"I take every opportunity to communicate with voters," Harris said. "I suppose I should give some corny line like 'I'm wiping away the crazy policies of the opposition and keeping the recovery going'."

Always on message...

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Fine Gael's James Bannon has been serving the good people of Longford for a long time.

A very, very long time.

In fact he surely holds a world record for length of service in any parliament anywhere.

Bannon's election leaflet boasts he's been an election winner since 1898.

It also notes that he's a "very active and energetic member of Dáil Éireann".

That's not bad after 118 years in political life.

That kind of dedication puts Taoiseach Enda Kenny's mere 40 years as a TD well and truly in its place.

The Tweeting Voter

“A Poll suggests Labour is tumbling to the ground in #DuBW #GE16 Bit like our press conference”

- Sharon Tobin @sharontobin

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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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