Wednesday 17 January 2018

The Twits: Fine Gael's manifesto push goes into hyperdrive

Aine Kerr Twitter: @ainekerr

FINE Gael's Dail wannabes went all hyperactive (again) on their newly discovered indulging playmate -- Twitter.

Only hours after Twitter was swamped with links to digital St Valentine's cards from our electioneering politicos, one by one the Fine Gael enthusiasts posted links to their beloved new manifesto.

Twitter hyper and happy, each TD's tweet went strangely similar: "Click here to read Fine Gael's manifesto which was launched today."

Other TDs such as Olivia Mitchell dared to be different: "Have a read of our manifesto and tell us what you think?"

Others, such as councillor Naoise O Muiri, simply went with an order: "Take a look!"

Many Twitter observers were highly sceptical about the strategy in play -- publishing a manifesto after 14 years of Fianna Fail government and with 10 days to an election.

Former DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski was among the bemused, wondering if it was all a "bit late" or if it was indeed "well planned".

On a day when another opinion poll, that manifesto and an enduring spat between Gerry Adams and Micheal Martin dominated Twitterland, debate about the debate also continued.

Labour's Tommy Broughan bravely continued that beat, tweeting that "consensus on the doors today was Eamon Gilmore did very well".

Cue cynical comments. One John Casey tweeted Mr Broughan to say: "Red doors only chosen today, obviously."

By last night, as tweeters moaned about election exhaustion and about the lack of candidates calling to their doors, some of their moods where temporarily raised when they arrived home to check the post. Those election polling cards have started to arrive.

Irish Independent

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