Friday 9 December 2016

Hand-to-hand combat begins and a brutal, unforgiving campaign lies in store

Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick takes a ‘selfie’ with party leader Micheál Martin, Senator Mary White and Councillor Cormac Devlin at the launch of their General Election campaign at their election headquarters on Mount Street, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick takes a ‘selfie’ with party leader Micheál Martin, Senator Mary White and Councillor Cormac Devlin at the launch of their General Election campaign at their election headquarters on Mount Street, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

So it's started. You'll have the aerial war fought on airwaves and print and the ground war - the hand-to-hand combat that takes place on the doorsteps of the country.

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All over Ireland, thousands of men and women will be promoting their candidates who have put themselves before the people.

In the age of the iPad, social media and a 24/7 news cycle, you may well ask if trudging through the streets on a dank, miserable night banging on people's doors is really necessary.

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