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Doyle picks Wallace for a spot on Dail Eireann bench

Celebrity endorsement of the campaign thus far came for developer-turned-politician Mick Wallace. The builder got the backing of international football star Kevin Doyle.

Fresh from ending Manchester United's season-long unbeaten record, the Wolves striker is looking for another giant-killing.

"Mick is a great man," he said. "I wouldn't be where I am today without his help and I know he's running for election and I'm not politically minded in anyway but I wish him all the best.

"If he puts the same effort in that he did getting lads to play soccer and trying to give them confidence to play well. . . I'm sure he'll be a great politician."

Meanwhile, best gimmick of the day goes to Sinn Fein's candidate in Wicklow constituency, John Brady, for handing out Valentine's cards to woo voters with the message: "Labour are Red; Fine Gael are Blue; Fianna Fail show their colours true; But trust John Brady to work for you."

Irish Independent