Tuesday 12 December 2017

Macca's goodbye tour

President Mary McAleese is now officially on her farewell tour.

Macca's replacement will be elected in a fortnight and sworn into office next month. But the outgoing President is on her way around the country for the last time, as evidenced by her "final visit to Cork".

Buttering up the Leeside crowd, she thanked them for her welcome "to the city that prides itself on being the 'real capital'".

However, signing off, she hinted she may never return. "I have a full store of memories from this city and county, enough to last a very long and happy retirement."

Bilingual brouhaha

It's not quite the three-way leaders' debate during the general election, but TG4 will have a presidential election debate next week.

Six of the contenders will "line up for bilingual banter" at the station's Baile na hAbhann headquarters.

TG4 factored in the candidates having varying degrees of fluency in Irish.

"Each candidate will make an opening statement in Irish. This will be followed by a 40-minute debate with candidates using Irish or English."

Michael Twee is expected to clean up on his home turf. Dana can't make it because she has "another commitment".

Twee brought to book

After a flurry of arty types backing Martin McGuinness, Michael D got back in the thespian game last night with a gig to canvass the cool vote.

The Labour presidential candidate was at the launch of comedian Des Bishop's new book 'My Dad Was Nearly James Bond' in the Fixx Coffee Shop in Dublin city centre.

Race off the Boyle

Former Green Party Senator Dan Boyle is darned glad he's not in the presidential race.

"In a campaign like this I'm glad I didn't put my name forward. Don't think there would be much of me left," he said on Twitter.

Irish Independent

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