Wear and tear
Who says Michael D is the frail candidate in the contest?
Yesterday it was Sean Gallagher who had to pull out of a canvassing event in Grand Canal Square in Dublin on health grounds.
He had to go to the doctor to get painkillers and he told us why at an entrepreneurs' awards ceremony in Citywest Hotel in Dublin last night.
"I pulled a muscle last night lifting stuff, because that's the nature, I get stuck into things. I did have issues with it this morning and I'm on some painkillers. I'm as healthy as you are," he said.
Perhaps he was dumping a load of old Fianna Fail leaflets.
Kiss of death
JUST when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Gay Mitchell, he gets the absolute kiss of death: Big Phil Hogan asking his personal supporters to vote for him.
A clear sign Mitchell has no chance whatsoever comes when senior blueshirts are going out of their way to claim they're doing their bit.
In the Fine Gael candidate selection, Hogan was accused by party figures of actively campaigning for both Pat Cox and Mairead McGuinness -- in other words 'Anybody But Gay Mitchell'.
The Fine Gael fixer is now going as far as being seen to be backing Mitchell, even asking his personal friends and supporters on Facebook to vote for him.
Oh dear. The result must be heading to true disaster for Mitchell.
Trish O'Connor wants to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet in Aras an Uachtarain.
Sean Gallagher's wife will become the first first lady in 21 years if her husband wins.
But she says she wants to raise a family at the presidential home.
"We would both love it if we were blessed with children," Trish revealed.
"If it happened, it would be great, no matter where -- at the Aras or anywhere else -- it would just be wonderful to be parents and have children.
"I think we definitely want to have more than one child. Maybe two. Maybe three," she adds laughingly.
Of course, if Michael Twee wins, there'll also be the pitter patter of tiny feet ... ..