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Thursday 24 April 2014

Young SF candidate gets an early lesson in politics

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, with party colleagues at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Wexford
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, with party colleagues at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Wexford

THE youngest candidate so far declared in the local elections learnt the dangers of political rhetoric when it mixes with live television.

Jonathan Graham (19), with funky haircut, natty grey three-piece suit and dark bow-tie, got a huge ovation from Sinn Fein Ard Fheis delegates at their weekend conference in Wexford.

"I'm 19. It's Ireland in 2014. I'm unemployed. I don't want to join the queue for the boat," he said during Sinn Fein's live televised session on Saturday.

But Fine Gael blogger Paul Duggan was quickly on the case.

He claimed Mr Graham's version was, er, incomplete, and he is in fact a full-time student at Trinity College.

"Not so much unemployed but actually studying full-time at one of the most prestigious universities in the country," the FG blogger claimed.

Could this be true? We asked Mr Graham himself.

"Yes, I'm studying full-time at Trinity. But what I said was not my personal narrative. It was the narrative of a young person who is unemployed," he unabashedly told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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