Sunday 17 December 2017

Busker stays calm

Busker Asha Allen from Kiltimagh in Co Mayo has to be in line for a presidential campaign "composure award".

She was performing in front of Dublin's Gaiety Theatre yesterday afternoon when she was repeatedly interrupted by a persistent drunk.

Ms Allen managed to persuade the hapless man to move on so that she could perform her act -- and when Labour's Michael D Higgins came along minutes later on the campaign trail she performed Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' for him and his wife Sabina. We're glad to report that Michael D reached into his pocket to show his appreciation.

Pole position

Sean Gallagher appears to have strayed from his desire for a poster-free fight for the Aras as the battle enters its final stretch.

At the close of nominations last month, a press release was issued declaring Mr Gallagher's campaign pledge, with the man himself stating he had no time for multiple posters.

But in the latest edition of his newsletter, the frontrunner's team urges supporters to click on a Facebook link where they'll find a "notice" that they can print off and put up in the windows of their homes, noticeboards or in shops.

A campaign spokeswoman said his poster-free pledge related to lamppole posters only.

What a pumpkin!

David Norris was very upset to see a row of pumpkins with portraits of each candidate during the RTE Radio One presidential debate in DCU at the weekend, saying such "trivialisation" should not be permitted.

Around 10 minutes later, RTE debate host Charlie Bird had to tell an embarrassed Norris that the pumpkins had come from none other than the Norris campaign team. Oops!

Dana Rosemary Scallon went one better during the same debate when asked what book she was reading. There was a collective groan from the audience when she answered swiftly: "The Irish Constitution."

Irish Independent

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