A left of centre look at the election

WELL, we may have admired the independent candidate in Laois-Offaly, John Bracken, for two things — his amazing head of hair and the fact that he had penned his own song.

But he has competition from none other than Nicky Kelly, the indomitable Labour candidate for Wicklow, who has gone one better.

One of his fans has penned a song for Kelly, who only lost by 19 votes the last time round. He was also convicted wrongly for the Sallins mail train robbery many years ago. Here’s a sample of the song:

As I rode past Dáil Éireann “’Vote Nicky Kelly’ a voice was heard to say; his campaign is almost completed, 19 more votes and he’s on his way.”

And the chorus: “Give the Wicklow Boy his Dáil seat, we must give Wicklow back her voice, or are we going to ignore her, while those in FF run amok.”

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WE’VE heard about posters appearing in faraway constituencies, like Willie O’Dea in Co Laois. But in another country?

Oui, mes amis. It seems that a poster belonging to Michael D Higgins turned up in France, in the town of Quimper in Brittany.

Puzzled citizens of the village awoke Monday morning to find the poster of the Galway West TD pasted on a bus shelter in the picturesque town.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “We knew that Michael D’s appeal was widespread, but even we were surprised to see that he has supporters that far away from the Galway city end of his constituency!”

SIX candidates took up a challenge on Orla Barry’s Life Show on Newstalk 106. Mary Lou McDonald gutted and sold fish on Moore St in Dublin for a day, Michael Ring of FG taught a class of five-year-olds in Breaffy, Co Mayo; Labour’s Jan became a dairy farmer; FF’s Donie Cassidy became a butcher; while Tom Parlon became a barman. Our favourite was Dan Boyle, who became a hairdresser.

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