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Published 19/10/2011 | 05:00

Is Michael D going to be rocking in the Aras?

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The west was awake in Galway yesterday, when Labour's candidate was canvassing on home turf following the TG4 debate.

In the City of the Tribes, he got the backing of The Saw Doctors.

Tuam's finest once had a song called: 'Michael D rockin' in the Dail'.

Band member, the legendary Leo Moran, said Michael Twee had a track record in promoting and encouraging the best of Ireland at home and abroad.

"Together with his work as a civil rights campaigner, we have every faith that Michael D Higgins will be rocking the Aras."

Visitors welcome

The presidential election threw up two more bodies the public had never heard of.

Gay Mitchell's African, Caribbean, Pacific, EU Assembly (set up under the Yaounde convention) and Michael D's Percy French Society.

Remarkably, Mary Davis is not a member of the board of either organisation.

Given his Presidency of the Percy French Society, perhaps the Labour candidates election slogan should have been: "Are ya right there, Michael?"

Gay Mitchell's first guest at Aras an Uachtarain will be a Fine Gael TD.

In his RTE 'Six One News' interviews, Bryan Dobson is asking all the candidates the first person they would invite to the Phoenix Park, outside of family and friends.

Gay's answer related to his concern about the high level of suicide in the country and he said his first guest would be the President of Irish Association of Suicidology.

That means Fine Gael TD Dan Neville is due a visit if Gay is elected.

Twitter panics

Sean Gallagher sent a panic through the Twitterati last night when he cancelled part of his schedule.

Any candidate who deviates these days from their schedule is beset with theories pondering their absence.

Gallagher got stuck in Galway with the TG4 debate, delaying his departure and he then stopped off in Athlone.

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