Back in 2009, Labour TD and Minister For Environment Alan Kelly was making his MEP bid and, as part of his campaign, released a rap song.
Written and performed by Cork rapper (and friend of Kelly) GMC, it advised voters to tell Fianna Fáil candidates to “go home when they knock on your doors… See their name, Fianna Fáil; no fada, spells Fianna fail,”
And also featured this unforgettable line.
"His opinion isn't outdated like lino in kitchens and women like to say he looks like Brian O'Driscoll."
@Jim_Sheridan @Roteetia and who remembers 2009 rap vid - which has mysteriously disappeared.Story here: https://t.co/dcaCTF5bku #alanbrent— Jennifer Hough (@JenniferHRos) January 31, 2016
Last summer, people noticed it had sadly been taken down from Kelly's website. Richard Chambers of Newstalk tried his best to locate it but he had no success.
@gavreilly @alankellylabour any chance of bringing back the Alan Kelly rap if Tipp win Liam?— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) July 12, 2015
Chambers was sent the clip from an 'overseas source' and dropped (are we using that term correctly?) the track last night.
Twitter was, of course, overcome with delight.
@newschambers got told to shush by the other half as I clap along. She remembers the first time I heard it too #electionwidow— Suzy Byrne (@suzybie) February 3, 2016
Incredible. I've been searching for this for five years since it was mysteriously buried - the (TD) Alan Kelly rap https://t.co/OkE1emFXAK— Dave Donnelly (@YeSecondPost) February 3, 2016
Why am I only discovering the Alan Kelly Rap?? Need to learn this off to sing at all social gatherings. #GE16 #vinb https://t.co/rq9i3th1ON— Niamh Traynor (@NiamhTraynor) February 4, 2016
There has been no comment, as yet, from Alan Kelly on the song's re-emergence - or if, perhaps, he plans to release an updated version.
It is the solemn duty of every #ge16 journalist to get Alan Kelly to respond to this song's return. https://t.co/4NlPZWsU1k— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 4, 2016
At the time, Kelly had this to say about the track:
“It is a very entertaining, humorous song but with a very serious message portraying the anger that many people are feeling but also looking at using Europe as a mechanism to create jobs, so that we can get ourselves out of this recession."