Wednesday 28 June 2017

Lonergan gets his hands dirty at the mart, where issues come thick and fast

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Cahir candidate Martin Lonergan with farmer Vincent O’Donnell at New Inn in Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly
Cahir candidate Martin Lonergan with farmer Vincent O’Donnell at New Inn in Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

MARTIN Lonergan had dressed suitably for a canvass of a mart – above the waist he was attired in smart shirt, tie and black jacket, and below he was clad in jeans and wellies. Moreover, he was sporting a bright green rosette that would be the envy of many a competitive Best in Show beast, urging people to vote Number One for him.

It was drizzly Wednesday morning, with the animal auction in full swing just outside the town. Attentive farmers hung over the concrete wall, watching as sheep and cows were briskly herded in and out, business conducted with a raised finger or two.

"Are ye buying or selling?" was the opening greeting among the men as they watched the rams and ewes being put through their paces. But yesterday the Independent candidate – and protege of Independent TD for Tipperary South, Mattie McGrath – was in the market for votes, rather than for livestock.

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