Floating Voter: Delaney casts ballot but it’s not for his Tipp pal Alan Kelly
FAI boss John Delaney may have canvassed for his pal, Labour’s Alan Kelly, but he was voting in a different election altogether yesterday.
He was in Zurich to cast the FAI’s vote on Sepp Blater’s replacement as FIFA president. RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue posted a snap on Twitter.
It seems like an eternity since Mr Delaney popped up in the Labour Deputy leader’s Tipperary constituency to tour some soccer clubs. Mr Delaney spoke of how he had worked with the minister on applications for funding for football clubs. Kelly said at the time that reports about the canvass were “unfair on John Delaney” and that “everything is above board”. Back in Switzerland it was the winner, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, who had the FAI’s backing to take over from Blatter.
They said what!?
More Alan Shatter poetry: “Election day at last, canvassing in the past . . . Democracy to win out, Secure the future beyond doubt.”
Cork North West candidate Áine Collins went all-out to pick up some last minute votes. “Be a smartie: vote Collins number 1” was the label on packs of Smarties being handed out by her team. Meanwhile, in the coming hours the impact of the gender quota – brought in for the first time in this election – will become apparent. Fine Gael candidate Collins is clear where she stands. “A woman’s place is in the House . . . Leinster House”, some of her posters read.
Councillor William O’Donnell (FG) had to take time out from canvassing for his cousin Kieran – who’s a candidate in Limerick – as he was busy on Wednesday morning. A solicitor by trade, he was representing Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her air rage case. She avoided a conviction by paying €6,000 to charity. O’Donnell was back knocking on doors that afternoon.
The Tweeting Voter
“It’s sad we live in a country where people have to be warned not to take selfies while voting! #Dopes” Rachel Kehoe @Rachuumz