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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dana's staff slip up

Dana's staff made a boo-boo yesterday when they sent an internal email out to journalists.

The mail from PR handler Lindsey Holmes, titled 'Monday's schedule', read: "Is there any starting point in Monaghan or Dundalk so press can pick them up."

It also noted that a reporter from this parish would be joining Dana on the canvass.

"In addition to the Farmer's Journal phoner, Foinse, baby photos, Lisa (sic) Hand wants to follow Dana tomorrow, so we need to be on the ball."

Find out if they were on the ball tomorrow.

Gay gets all sporty

Someone who was on the ball this weekend was Gay Mitchell, who got a very sporty canvass in on Saturday.

Gay was gladhanding fans outside the Leinster versus Connacht match in the RDS, and later tweeted a picture of himself clutching Sam Maguire with Dubs GAA hero Bernard Brogan.

The Brogans have Fine Gael links, with Alan Brogan mentioned as a possibility for Enda Kenny's Seanad appointments earlier this year.

Pundits triumph

KEEPING to sporting matters, TDs and senators were beaten in their Croker showdown with sports pundits on Saturday.

Despite getting a bit of a pasting -- from a team including All-Ireland winners Joe Brolly, Gerry McEntee, John O'Leary and Pat Gilroy -- they got two goals to take the bleak look off the scoreboard, losing 2-10 to 2-4.

Paul Connaughton was the star Oireachtas performer, scoring a goal and three points.

The United Left Alliance's Richard Boyd Barrett surprised people by being rather nifty.

"He looked like he played before," one TD said. "But he was mad for going for points on his own. Must be the independent streak in him."

Irish Independent

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