THE arrival of a brand new TD into Dail Eireann inevitably brings about a brief ceasefire in the chamber, as all sides put down their catapults to welcome with a round of applause the latest deputy on the block.
NIGEL Farage of UKIP and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams have one thing in common – both have been through a media barrage and both look like they're going to come out the other side with their respective parties not alone intact, but set to do extremely well in the polls.
'I WAS upset," admitted Simon Harris. But, as the Fine Gael euro-candidate is a mannerly young man, he didn't express his upset in the way of individuals with less couth, such as flinging toys out of his cot amid a flurry of finger-pointing and a fusillade of effs.
SO it's finally Election Week, or Mehlection Week more like, given the abject failure of both the European and local contests to fire up the imagination and interest of an electorate, which has taken the collective unmerciful hump with the current incumbents of Government Buildings.
Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn is making a right horse's ass of electioneering. As he bids to retain his seat on Dublin City Council, the politician's face can be seen – or perhaps more accurately heard – clip-clopping around St Stephen's Green on the back of one of those touristy horse and carts.
Last Thursday night, Fine Gael and Labour negotiators could have done worse than attend the National Forum's first meeting after the election. Its debate on what government could best deal with our economic crisis might have been designed as a seminar for them.
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