Thursday 14 December 2017

Freedom still has a price and cheese causes indigestion

Fr Peter McVerry and Brian O'Driscoll both clarified they weren't endorsing a candidate.
Fr Peter McVerry and Brian O'Driscoll both clarified they weren't endorsing a candidate.

Liam Fay

In addition to being free men, Brian O'Driscoll and Fr Peter McVerry are obliging fellows. Following their ennoblement with the Freedom of Dublin, the rugby hero and the anti-poverty campaigner posed for photos with members of the city council.

What the pair failed to appreciate, however, is the extent to which saying 'cheese' in the company of politicians can cause recurring indigestion.

Labour councillor Jane Horgan-Jones has used the shot of herself with O'Driscoll and McVerry in her election leaflet. The picture appears beneath the words "Vote 1" and its inclusion seems to imply that the duo are backing her candidacy, which both have made clear they are not. The "row" over the Horgan-Jones leaflet – and a similar hoo-haa about the use of snaps featuring Rob Kearney and Paul O'Connell by Fine Gael Euro-candidate Brian Hayes – provides an eloquent synopsis for an election campaign that is oversubscribed with political poseurs.

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