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Wind of change as campaigning gets under way

despite the political wilderness which reigns over the country, one man wasted no time yesterday in staking a claim for his share of the election spoils.

Was it the wind of change which whipped around Fine Gael's Frank Feighan as he scaled a remote telegraph pole to hang an election poster, as our picture by Brian Farrell shows?

With emigration at a historic high, Mr Feighan is obviously keen to catch the eye of every single voter in his constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim.

His efforts on the wind-blown Kilronan Mountain in Ballyfarnon, Co Roscommon, provides a fitting image of the political wasteland affecting the country.

With the March 11 date finally confirmed, the fight to grab every available inch of lofty space began in earnest yesterday.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore was spotted helping out with posters in Galway while FG's Colm Brophy's face already gazed down on prospective voters in Crumlin, Dublin.

And a poster of Green TD Paul Gogarty, declaring him to be straight-talking and hard-working, had already been doctored by the poster bandits.

The battle has begun.

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