Fine Gael election candidate Eamonn Coghlan last night told a bizarre anecdote that left television viewers baffled.
The senator was taking part in a debate on the Dublin West by-election with other candidates on TV3’s Tonight With Vincent Browne.
Coghlan, a former Irish Olympian, attempted to tell the story of a disgruntled resident he had encountered on the campaign trail.
“I went into this gentleman and the first thing he says to me was ‘Get outta here, I don’t want you in here,’” Coghlan began as he sprung from his seat.
The senator continued to re-enact the conversation before being momentarily cut off by other candidates.
The man, Coghlan said, complained about the lack of gardaí in the area, the maintenance of the local area and government policies that are “hammering” people.
Host Vincent Browne seemed to tire of the story when Coghlan denied that he was looking to secure the man’s vote in the upcoming election, but instead was only there to introduce himself.
Coghlan’s campaign has garnered further attention after a spelling error on his campaign posters was spotted around the capital.
The by-election is being held after the resignation of Labour TD Patrick Nulty in March.
Nulty admitted to sending inappropriate messages, including one to a “17-year-old woman” while under the influence of alcohol.
Ten candidates are running for the vacated seat in the four-seat constituency.
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