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Martina Devlin: Joe talks a great fight -- but has no answers on the State's €19bn deficit

Published 18/02/2011 | 05:00

Socialist MEP Joe Higgins canvassing Lola and Martina O'Connor in Clonsilla yesterday
Socialist MEP Joe Higgins canvassing Lola and Martina O'Connor in Clonsilla yesterday

INVOKING the spirit of the 1913 Lockout didn't move her. Nor did references to mobilising the working class. She shrugged at the mention of Larkin and Connolly and remained stony-faced when he reminded her of how ordinary Egyptians had toppled a hated regime.

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But when Joe Higgins took a break from ideology, started stroking her tortoiseshell cat Lola and unexpectedly confessed to liking cats, voter Martina O'Connor melted.

The mature student disappeared into the house, returning with a pamphlet about neutering feral cats and returning them to the wild.

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