Tuesday 21 August 2018

Voters show deep and visceral fury

Celia Larkin goes on the canvass with Mary Fitzpatrick in her old stomping ground of Dublin Central

AS I pulled up outside the Navan Road school, I was impressed to see that Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick had observed the first rule for any candidate: be visible. There she was, in bright orange jacket, strawberry blonde hair flying in the wind, giving instructions to her small band of canvassers: two local ladies; one young man; and her dad -- former councillor, senator and TD for Dublin Central, Dermot Fitzpatrick.

I arranged to go out on the hustings in my old stomping ground of Dublin Central with the new spokeswoman on Housing and Urban Development, to see if her appointment had made any impact on the doorsteps.

Our first port of call was canvassing parents as they collected their children from school. I stood back to observe the reaction of people as they walked away after having been canvassed by herself and her team.

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