Varadkar’s got the va-va-voom but nobody fancies Noonan

The word is out — Leo Varadkar is Ireland’s most desirable politician.

In a recent survey, 43% of people said Leo was the representative they would like to kiss the most, with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald second with 20%.

Michael Noonan was the least desirable — only 1% of the 500 surveyed said they would like to have a smooch with the finance minister.

In terms of celebrities, Michael Fassbender (28%) and Roz Purcell (80%) topped the male and female lists of those the Irish would most like to pucker up with.

The research was done by TV3 and their official charity The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation as part of their #Kiss4Crumlin campaign.

The drive seeks to raise awareness and funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin through a social media campaign.

The initiative asks people to take a video of themselves kissing someone or something close to their heart and upload it to sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Participants are asked to nominate three more and to donate €2 to CMRF by texting KISS to 50300.

CMRF is the main fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, as well as the National Children’s Research Centre.

It plays a key role in supporting the hospital funding, providing state-of-the-art facilities for some of Ireland’s sickest children and has a current shortfall of €2m in its fundraising target.

At the launch of the campaign, presenter Colette Fitzpatrick said the drive was “a no-brainer” for TV3.

“In the run-up to Christmas, we wanted to run an initiative which made people feel warm inside,” she said. “One which people would find fun and enjoyable to participate in and give them a worthy excuse to pucker up for the ones they love, while also doing a good deed.”

The #Kiss4Crumlin campaign is supported by the likes of Jedward, Keith Duffy, Vincent Browne, and Sharon Corr.

For more, go to To donate, text KISS to 50300.

Charity wants your batteries

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, has launched its annual Battery Recycling Campaign with the help of Ireland’s favourite puppet, Bosco.

The charity hopes the drive will be even more successful than last year, which raised €90,000 and saw 25m batteries recycled.

While the campaign is open to everyone,Participating schools will be in with a chance to win a visit from Bosco, who is urging boys and girls across the country to gather up their old batteries and give them to charity.

“I had so much fun last year telling everyone about LauraLynn and how we can all help raise funds by recycling our batteries,” said Bosco.

“I know that all boys and girls in all of the schools around the country are the best at recycling, so I hope they will get all of the grownßups to help them this year too.”

For every waste battery collected, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Ireland will contribute to the children’s charity.

The public are asked to bring their waste batteries to any local shop, business or school with a blue WEEE Ireland battery box.

The money raised by the campaign will go towards LauraLynn@HOME, a programme that provides hands-on care in the home by a team of nurses and health care assistants.

It is currently on trial in Dublin and may be implemented nationwide next year.The current trial project cost €800,000 and has received no HSE funding.

LauraLynn CEO, Sharon Morrow, said the campaign has been incredible so far and makes a huge impact.“We aim to provide the same high standard of hands-on hospice care, regardless of whether the child is cared for in LauraLynn House or in the child’s own home. We simply could not do this without committed supporters like WEEE Ireland”.

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Kelly O’Brien

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