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Floating Voter: Raft launched in bid to hook the floating voter


Frankie Daly's election poster in the River Shannon in Limerick City.

Frankie Daly's election poster in the River Shannon in Limerick City.

Frankie Daly's election poster in the River Shannon in Limerick City.

His party is taking a battering in the opinion polls but a Labour Party local election candidate is hoping to make a splash with the electorate after taking his campaign to the River Shannon.

Limerick City North candidate Frankie Daly has come up with a different way to reach the floating voter by launching a campaign raft into the Shannon at Howley's Quay.

The first-time candidate who claims he doesn't have "the biggest of budgets" said the move was inspired by the late Jim Kemmy, who pulled a similar stunt in 1977.

A Youth Justice Worker, Daly insists his novel way of reaching out to voters proves he is resourceful.

"I don't have the biggest of budgets and I was trying to think outside the box. I'm working extremely hard and I was thinking what could I do that could show people I'm resourceful," said the former Irish international rugby player who once toured South Africa with the Irish under-19's.

Asked if he had been contacted by the City Council, Waterways Ireland or Shannon Foynes Port Company, Mr Daly said "nothing as of yet and hopefully not."


Timing is everything in politics as Finance Minister Michael Noonan proved yesterday.

Mr Noonan was asked how confident he was of Fine Gael's chance in Friday's election at a media scrum outside the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin City Centre.

Before he could answer, a group of youngsters on board the Viking Splash Tour's amphibious vehicle pulled up alongside the press pack and let out an almighty cheer.

Never one to miss a genuine opportunity, Mr Noonan turned to assembled media and said: "Need I say more – do you see that for approval."


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