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Lise Hand: Eamon proposes live threesome on telly -- but Enda chickens out

Published 28/01/2011 | 05:00

IT'S like hearing the first cuckoo of spring. The surest sign that an election is in the air is the first sighting of the politician's feathered friend -- the Campaign Chicken.

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And while the Taoiseach has yet to officially put the 30th Dail out of its misery, the hustings hustle is firmly in full swing -- and yesterday the Campaign Chicken made its debut in General Election 2011.

The big yellow bird had been sprung from captivity by Labour Youth and was gleefully cavorting outside the gates of Leinster House yesterday, waving a sign which read, 'What's Enda scared of?' Oh dear. The election starting-gun hasn't even been fired yet and already the avian agitators are after Enda -- aka Kenny Fried Chicken. But Enda can't cry fowl as he brought this barnyard scrap upon himself. Micheal Martin had hopped the debate ball the afternoon before, announcing he had written to him and Eamon Gilmore, challenging the pair to join him in three leadership debates, including one in Irish. And so the Fine Gael leader had ample time to dream up a suitable reply by the time he was faced with a forest of microphones at a breakfast engagement in Dublin yesterday morning.

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