Saturday 1 October 2016

Floating Voter Day 6: O’Dea ‘risks life and limb’ amid flying posters in wake of storm

Compiled by Cormac McQuinn

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

Aine Collins handed out candles to homes.
Aine Collins handed out candles to homes.
Nelson Mandela endorses @RENUAIreland candidate @McMahon_Ronan from the grave. (via Twitter user @dalemcdermott)

As Storm Imogen battered the country, some hardy candidates were still out and about hitting the doors – the nutjobs.

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Willie O’Dea had a large team out in Limerick city and told Floating Voter he had to change his clothes three times after getting drenched.

“You’re risking life and limb with flying election posters,” he added.

He says campaigning in February is “horrendous”. “Every morning I curse Joan Burton” for opposing a November election, he says. “She’s put us all through this.”

Elsewhere, Fine Gael’s Cork East candidate Aine Collins didn’t miss a trick. Her canvassers were equipped with nightlight candles to hand out to those whose power was gone. Ms Collins said that some of her constituents’ homes had their power knocked out in the thunderstorm.

“It’s wet, blustery and cold again today,” she added, saying some of the team were “smothered with the flu”.

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‘Far too much is at stake to sit idly by and do nothing’ – FF’s Cavan-Monaghan candidate Brendan Smith on the North Korean rocket test

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Health Minister Leo Varadkar insisted it was “complete coincidence” when he turned up to register for the General Election at the same time as Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Mr Varadkar’s hopes of quietly filing his election papers were dashed when he walked into the Returning Officer’s headquarters to find the Labour leader already there.

Both Ministers are pitted against one another in the Dublin West constituency. However, their brief encounter yesterday remained good-natured.

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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams went for comfort over style on a canvass in Tallaght yesterday.

His party collegaues Cllr Sarah Holland and outgoing TD Séan Crowe wore a smart pair of boots and polished black shoes respectively as they pounded the pavements.

Gerry on the other hand wore a pair of grey trainers.

It brought a new meaning to running for election.

The Tweeting Voter

Nelson Mandela endorses @RENUAIreland candidate @McMahon_Ronan from the grave.

(via Twitter user @dalemcdermott)

Irish Independent

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