Sunday 26 February 2017

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

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

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.

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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