FEW tribal rivalries in Ireland cause as much division as Barry’s versus Lyons - but would knowing which brand of tea your local politician drank affect if you voted for them?
A young Sligo film maker set out to answer the crucial question over the course of Ireland’s EU presidency.
Laura Gaynor used her press access to the Irish Presidency under the Youth Media and the Irish Presidency initiative to ask some of Ireland’s most well-known politicians which brand of tea they preferred.
With Ireland in the glare of the international media spotlight during the EU presidency, Laura got the idea for her film after noticing the large amount of tea on hand at official functions.
“I sat back and realised apart from noticing our rain, a lot of these people were noticing our tea addiction. At any of these Presidency events you were never more than ten metres away from a tea kiosk" she explains.
First asked was European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton, who told the assembled media she preferred Lyon’s – to audible gasps of shock from some of those in attendance.
She added: “I cheat completely sometimes and drink Rooibus tea because it’s healthy”.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “If I drink tea I drink Barry’s” he said.
However it appears his junior Minister may have started a trend, as the Taoiseach added: “My preference is for Rooibus tea”.
Other tea drinking politicians appeared to be equally divided – Labour TD John Lyons unsurprisingly chose the brand he shares his second name with, Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary chose Barry’s, while Fine Gael’s Simon Harris chose Lyon’s.