Saturday 24 February 2018

Floating Voter: Candidates shiver and it's not frosty reception on doorsteps

John Lyons. Picture: Arthur Carron
John Lyons. Picture: Arthur Carron
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

It was surely the coldest day on the hustings yet with the mercury down to minus 3.

As Fianna Fáil's Colm Keaveney set out for the day in Galway East he snapped the temperature on his car dashboard.

He says its been a case of "hats, scarves, warm drinks and thermal socks".

The weather is an "equaliser", Keaveney adds as all candidates are dealing with the cold and storms that have plagued the campaign.

Freezing John Lyons of Labour remembers the June 2009 local elections as a "blissful time".

"If you're somebody who likes the sun you can roll up the sleeves and bask in the balmy weather... I looked like I'd been away," the Dublin North West hopeful says of his tan.

'Roll-it-there' Róisín proves Leo has heart

There were ultrasound scans for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister Leo Varadkar at a clinic on the campaign trail in Dublin. Mr Kenny was deemed to be "in excellent health".

One onlooker said it must be all his cycling of the Ring of Kerry.

Mr Varadkar was up next for a scan by radiographer Róisín Phelan. "Is he okay, Róisín?," Mr Kenny asked with concern.

"I think he'll last another couple of weeks - before he needs a full medical, I'm sure," she replied.

"The rumours that I have no heart have been disproved," Mr Varadkar quipped as she scanned the blood flow in his arm. "You definitely do.

There's a small pulse there alright," Róisín added.

The tweeting voter

"Disappointed I won't be at the debate but hope question can still be asked, how quickly can we go fossil free?"

Green leader Eamon Ryan on the election's hottest topic


They said what...

Labour deputy leader Alan Kelly at the manifesto launch: "I have never taken the limelight off Joan."

Irish Independent

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