Monday 19 November 2018

General Election 2016: The eight best reactions online to this morning's announcement

Taoiseach Enda Kenny calls the General Election 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny calls the General Election 2016
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

So this is it.

The General Election 2016 has been called. Cue: posters, door knocks, promises, debates, badges and the big countdown to the end of the month.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny walked straight out of the Dáil within seconds of announcing he was going to Áras an Uachtarain, leaving the Dáil in chaos as they were left to guess the date.

No fear, the Mayo man took to his Twitter account just moments afterwards to announce the election date as February 26.

And there were quite a few reactions online.

Dave McGinn deemed the Taoiseach's Twitter announcement useless and wondered does the Taoiseach know 'normal people' use Facebook?

Alan Kinsella managed to put the thoughts of a nation into 140 characters and wrote: "I know plenty of people who know who they won't be voting for but don't know yet who they'll vote for. lots of votes to be won [sic]."

Gearóid Óg seems to be a Hunger Games fan. "Let the games begin!," he tweeted. Should we stick a few politicians into District 10 and see how they get on knocking on doors there?

And Eoin Lúc O'Ceallaigh should possibly consider a career in sketch-writing: "I'd say Michael D was in bed scrolling through Twitter and said "sh***, Enda's coming over. I may throw on some kaks."

However, others weren't impressed with the modern take on the election date announcement.

"There's something about the date for #GE16 being announced from the Taoiseach's personal twitter account that feels somewhat disrespectful," Twitter user Colm Doyle wrote.

Laura Webb had other (more important?) things on her mind. "Better clean my front door. I have a feeling it's going to get a lot of knocks over the next few weeks #GE16," she wrote.

Someone else has environmental issues on the mind: "So #GE16 has been called. Can't wait to see 842 of the same election poster attached to the same pole."

While Tánaiste Joan Burton's wave goodbye to the Taoiseach as they left Government Buildings also hit the Twitter feed.

"That was cringe worthy TV, it was like a wife saying goodbye to a husband as he head off to work..."

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