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Monday 18 December 2017

Mitchell's 'jump' quip

There's no doubt that Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell is sincere about addressing our appalling suicide rate.

But he probably could have chosen his words better in a Newstalk radio interview when he talked about being sick of requests to smile more.

"If anybody says to me anymore 'smile', I will jump off O'Connell Bridge," he said.

TG4 hosts debate

TG4 is getting in on the election debates once more.

The station is going to host an 'Aras 2011' presidential debate on October 18.

That will pose no problems for fluent Irish speaker Michael D Higgins but some of his competitors only have "school Irish" or worse.

And Sinn Fein is understood to be particularly anxious about the debate -- given that Martin McGuinness usually lets Gerry Adams do the talking "as Gaeilge".

Apart from opening and closing statements in Irish, though, the debate itself will be held in English with Irish subtitles. Around half of the candidates have accepted invitations to appear so far.

Crown's not 'Bashful'

The Taoiseach may have been waxing lyrical yesterday at Gay Mitchell's campaign launch about the 'Magnificent Seven' candidates, but not every member of the Oireachtas is so enamoured.

Senator Professor John Crown preferred a Seven Dwarfs comparison, and tweeted his names: "MikeDee, Beardie, Tweetie, Baldie, Boardie, Grumpy and Tiocfaidh".

Irish Independent

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