Friday 6 December 2019

Floating Voter Day 18: Surf’s up for gnarly Green Party hopeful making waves in Clare

Fergal Smith, Green Party candidate for Clare, is a pro surfer
Fergal Smith, Green Party candidate for Clare, is a pro surfer
Labour candidate John Whelan's 'Breaking Better' election poster
Dustin the Turkey Photo: PA Wire
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

He's surely the only candidate in the race whose party profile includes a line like "his surfing consistently pushes the boundaries of what is possible on our waters".

The Green Party's Clare hopeful, Fergal Smith, is a pro surfer from Lahinch. The party's website boasts that he is still "regarded in the top 10 in Europe".

That's when he's not working on the non-profit Moy Hill Community and Growing Farm. "Now more than anything, he simply wants to be a part of the change we all wish to see in the world," it adds.

The website wanted to know more. So how different is the challenge of running for office to "taking on some of the biggest and most dangerous waves around the world?" it asked.

"In some ways, it is actually quite similar as going on a big swell," he muses. "It's easier and safer to stay at home, but you never know what you can achieve if you don't try. Waves are a lot scarier, but I would much rather be out in the waves than in a debate all night in a hotel."

Wouldn't we all dude, wouldn't we all...

Whelan draws inspiration from hit US TV show

One of Labour's candidates is clearly a fan of US TV show Breaking Bad.

Senator John Whelan of Laois has a mock-up 'Breaking Better' poster, where he looks strikingly like mild-mannered teacher turned New Mexico drugs lord Walter White - aka Heisenberg. The character famously threatened: "I am the one who knocks."

Laois residents can relax - when Mr Whelan does it, he's only looking for a vote.

Laughs at Michael Ring's dog-bite trauma

They're getting great fun out of hard-working rural minister Michael Ring's dog-bite trauma in Mayo.

In fact, it's getting to supernatural levels.

Local Fine Gael chairman John McHugh introduced Mr Ring at a party event, saying "rumour has it it was a vampire dog and the dog is racing around three times faster now".

Michael, meanwhile, sees the funny side himself, quipping: "The poor old doggie died and I had to take a day off to go to the funeral."

They said what...

"Some of them wouldn't know sunshine if they saw it"

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on 'whingers'.

The tweeting voter

"2. Build a wall around Dublin and make the culchies pay for it"

Dustin the Turkey outlines the Poultry Party's 10-point plan. @DustinOfficial

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