Floating voter: It's a dog-eat-candidate world on the campaign trail for Ring
Published 17/02/2016 | 02:30
It's dog-eat-dog out there on the campaign trail - or if you're Fine Gael's Michael Ring, dog-eat-candidate.
The junior minister was knocking on doors in Erris when a terrier dog took exception to his party's long-term economic plan.
"He took a bite out of me. I never saw him coming," a traumatised Mr Ring said. "He left a good mark on it".
The incident brought back the horror of his 1997 campaign. "On my first election the same bloody thing happened to me," the junior minister recalled. "Another terrier dog just nipped me."
Mr Ring said he was fortunate after Monday night's incident. One potential voter was a nurse who disinfected the wound and he didn't have to get a tetanus injection. "It could be a good luck omen," Mr Ring added. "It didn't do me any harm last time."
With all the candidates knocking on doors nationwide, the Mayo hopeful is surely not the only candidate to have a close encounter of the canine kind. Drop us a line - Floating Voter is interested in all cases of politicians being savaged by dogs.
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Local candidate Paul Kehoe tweeted a picture of the desserts, saying the town was "showing its welcoming spirit".
"People are very kind when they hear Ivan is in Dublin," was the post on the Newstalk account.