The starting pistol has been sounded in the general election and the Floating Voter podcast will be with you all the way until February 8th.
On this show, Philip Ryan is joined by John Downing, Gabija Gataveckaite and Hugh O’Connell discus the first official day of the campaign.
Leo Varadkar landed the first gaffe of the campaign by trying to politicise a life-changing injury suffered by a homeless man in Dublin. Fine Gael also tried to make it all about Brexit. Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil may be quietly creeping ahead in the election race without putting in too much effort. But there’s a long way to go yet.
Micheál Martin's reaction really said it all when he was asked about Leo Varadkar's comments on the homeless man who suffered horrific injuries when the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an industrial vehicle cleaning the area around the Grand Canal in Dublin.
Fianna Fáil's campaign was launched in Dublin where Micheál Martin's party desperately needs to pick up seats if he's to become Taoiseach. He was joined by one key hopeful, Senator Catherine Ardagh, who lost out on a Dáil seat in Dublin South Central by less than 40 votes in 2016.