Thursday 22 February 2018

Mitchell meets the Fair people as he outlines 'social responsibility' plan

Majella O'Sullivan

HE could have been a barman from one of the bustling pubs on a well-deserved break.

Dressed in black slacks, crisp white shirt and a casual black jacket, Gay Mitchell had the gait of barman -- or a collarless priest.

Still, he seemed to enjoy the atmosphere of the Puck Fair as local councillor Patrick Scarteen-O'Connor, TD Brendan Griffin and Johnny 'Porridge' O'Connor introduced him to people in Killorglin.

Arriving in the middle of a downpour robbed him of the opportunity to meet hundreds more who huddled in the pubs.

"Where are all the locals?" Mr Griffin despaired.

"They're all local in a presidential election," someone answered.

Two festivalgoers munched on burgers at a chip van oblivious to the fact that the man who wants to be their president stood directly behind them.

Just as Mary McAleese set her campaign on "building bridges", Mr Mitchell also outlined the pillar on which his presidency would stand.

"We can't just wish to have social justice and rights. Every right brings with it a social responsibility," he said.

That's the message he wants to communicate but whether or not he managed to do it in Killorglin is anybody's guess.

Irish Independent

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