The campaign literature awards

OUTREACH AWARD

WRONGEST IMPRESSION

- SINN FÉIN’s Ruadhan MacAodhain left strict instructions with head office to make his posters look as much like a Garda photo-fit as possible.

SPECSAVERS AWARD

- CYPRIAN BRADY’s passionate concern for the nation’s eyesight ensures he includes a built-in sight test at the distant bottom of every campaign leaflet.

Our resident 20/20 correspondent is almost certain the line reads: “Please continue your preference for Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick.”

BEST OPENING GAMBIT

- EVEN in these troubled times, Trevor Sargant knows we tend to favour a politician who looks after his own patch. His election leaflet leads with the question: “Would you like to have your own allotment and grow your own vegetables and fruit?”

LOOKING AFTER NO 1 AWARD

- “TELL me again how vote management works,” Willie enquired, his hands over his ears. “I can’t hear you…”

This last-minute plea to voters in Limerick East let colleague Peter Power know exactly where he stood in Willie’s concerns.

“Other candidates will tell you that my position is secure and that you should vote for them in place of me. That is a bad strategy… The basic fact is that splitting our vote could leave us with no seat at all.”

BEST PLACEMENT

- SHANE ROSS is pictured outside a Fás office pointing excitedly with the caption exclaiming “How would this be paid for?” We don’t think he means his posters — although Wasters probably did pay for those.

WORST POET

- THERE were panic stations for Sinn Féin in Dublin South-West when Pat Ingoldsby pulled out of their campaign at the last minute.

“Labour are Red,

Fine Gael are Blue,

Fianna Fáil show their Colours true,

but trust Sean Crowe to work for you.”

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN AWARD

- PAUL SOMMERVILLE’s plan might have 15 points but mainly he just wants to get one thing straight: “I’m no George Lee.”

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