Lively session ahead if pub's local regulars win big
IS O'Rourke's pub in Newbridge the most politically active hostelry in the nation?
By close of nominations earlier this month, there were at least six frequent callers to the popular Main Street bar bidding for a seat on Kildare County Council, all spanning a diverse range of parties and none.
There is the outgoing Fianna Fail leader on the council, Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin.
There are also four Independent contenders, Morgan McCabe, Cllr Paddy Kennedy, Willie Crowley and Cllr Murty Aspell.
Labour's Cllr Willie Hamilton is also a regular. And Fine Gael's Cllr Michael 'Spike' Nolan, twice Mayor of Kildare in recent times, drops by from time to time, pushing the total to seven.
Newbridge is in the newly created Kildare-Newbridge electoral area, which has a huge spread of territory to the north and west of the town. There are a total of nine seats in this area.
Should all of the seven "O'Rourke's contenders" succeed, surely there could only be one venue for the area committee meetings? It could save a fortune on the renting of the hall and could make for some very lively sessions.
But is there another bar out there that can honestly boast a bigger slate of "regular" candidates? Do let us know.
Leonard ploughs a brave furrow
DENIS Leonard, Labour's standard-bearer in the Longford-Westmeath by-election, has been left with a hard furrow to plough.
It's tough for all Labour contenders right now, but Longford-Westmeath has rarely been easy.
However, Leonard, a genial teacher based in Kinnegad, has some additional reserves of moral courage to draw upon. For family reasons, he has long been a supporter of Limerick hurling and Mayo football, which has no doubt been a character-forming experience bound to put much iron in the soul.
Between the two counties, there are up to a dozen tales of woe of the so-near-and-yet-so-far variety.
Even the Aras isn't safe in hunt for votes
PERHAPS the only house that has not been bombarded by canvassers is Aras an Uachtarain, home to President Michael D Higgins.
But one candidate decided to chance his arm.
David Costello, pictured, is contesting the Dublin City Council local elections for Fianna Fail in the new Cabra-Finglas ward. After the young doctor rang the buzzer, he was told the President was out. But David left some election material, which may prove to be interesting bedtime reading for President Higgins.
Fashion woes for Burton in style double
Any self-regarding female Labour member knows it is wise to don your best red coat or dress when attending a party event.
But it was blushes all round when Joan Burton showed up at a conference for Emer Costello wearing the same style and colour coat as the candidate.
The Minister graciously removed her coat, telling the crowd she had only just bought it.
Some years earlier the minister was forced into a similar move when she showed up to an event hosted by Mary Robinson wearing the same coat as the former president.