Sunday 25 August 2019

'The comments are quite entertaining' - local election candidate on reaction to 'stylish' campaign posters

Denise McMorrow is running for Fianna Fáil in the local elections
Denise McMorrow is running for Fianna Fáil in the local elections

Callum Lavery

Local election candidate for Dublin's North Inner city, Denise McMorrow has described some of the reaction to her campaign posters as "quite entertaining".

While many praised the Leitrim native on her stylish signs, some on Twitter compared the Fianna Fáil candidate to a soap actor, a radio host and even a Eurovision album cover model.

Ms McMorrow said that she found the comments entertaining and in good sport but reminded voters that election posters are not the most important part of a candidate's campaign.

"They were quite entertaining some of the comments really, I think it has created a bit of a stir among the electorate in relation to the posters," said McMorrow.

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"The design is a little bit different, a bit more unique, we had some very good designers working on the posters for us thankfully."

"I think really at the end of the day, while it is entertaining, the key thing is that the posters are just an introduction of the candidate really.

"It’s the policies and knocking on the doors and meeting individuals one to one, but I do find the comments entertaining."

Currently living in Drumcondra, Ms McMorrow said that she did not think that the comments made about her appearance online were not sexist in nature and said she thought male candidates received similar japes.

"It is all in good fun, I don’t think that it is a sexist thing at all. They make comments about guys on posters as well.

"I honestly don’t think it's anything about being female on the poster."

CEO of Women for Election, Ciairín de Buis agreed that candidates should not be judged on the campaign posters, but said she noticed similar comment more often on female candidates' posters.

"While it might all be in good fun, I would assume that nobody would be voting on the basis of what a candidate looks like," said Ms de Buis.

"They are going to be looking at their policies and their values and their campaigns rather than their hairstyles.

"I have seen comments on some posters of men, but it is a fraction to what I have seen for women candidates.

"I have no doubt that it may be a consideration for some women but at the end of the day it should not be an issue, like I said politicians should be judged on their politics."

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