No country for old men – on lampposts
THERE'S no doubt that canvassing amid the leafy environs of Dublin 2 can be a most civilised affair. The Greens' Eamon Ryan was out and about on Baggot Street this week with local candidate Claire Byrne, who is running in the Pembroke-South Dock ward (no, not the radio/telly presenter).
Claire is one of the increasing numbers of women running in the locals this time around – there are more female candidates, up from 17pc in 2009 to 23pc this year. But the percentages still aren't that impressive (particularly from Fianna Fail) and without the threat of a final penalty hanging over the parties, it's doubtful that even the current modest increase would have occurred.
Nonetheless, the lampposts of the land appear to be decorated with a disproportionate number of posters of young women candidates, with the lads barely getting a look-in at all.
"This is no country for representatives of curmudgeonly old men," observed one disconsolate curmudgeon.
Honestly, there's no pleasing some folk . . .