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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dark horse DDI will be well-studied for next race

BEN Gilroy of Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI) – the dark horse that overtook Labour to take fourth place – sketched a telling vignette about the dark mood in Meath East. At the count centre, he recalled how he encountered many closed doors while he and his team were canvassing a housing estate in Dunshaughlin.

But after they pushed the party's leaflet through the letterboxes, seven different residents who had been indoors but ignoring the sound of the bell opened up and called Ben back for a chat.

"Four of them thought we were from one of the big parties, and three were afraid we were debt-collectors," he said – an explanation that may well account in large part for the dismal turnout of 38.3pc in the by-election.

The DDI candidate, who said his party has 2,000 members, took pleasure on Thursday in pointing out that he had snaffled fourth spot despite being roundly ignored by the mainstream media.

This is true, but now that DDI has brought itself to the attention of the Fourth Estate, it's likely that the party will find itself being thoroughly inspected.

Which brings to mind the Chinese curse: be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

Irish Independent

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