Wednesday 23 January 2019

Election Briefs: Andrews battle on soccer pitch

THE Andrews cousins, Barry and Chris, had a go at each yesterday -- but only on the football pitch.

Children's Minister Barry showed up in a blue shirt while Chris was togged out in red as they were pitted against each other on different teams.

The charity match organised by Newstalk was in aid of Barnardos and overseen by Johnny Giles and Sile Seoige.

Others election candidates involved included Fine Gael's Eoghan Murphy and Sinn Fein's Aengus O Snodaigh.

'Balance Ballot' on gender gap

THREE Clare women have added themselves at the last-minute to the election ticket.

The 'Balance the Ballot' group decided to run after discovering there wasn't a single female candidate in its constituency.

Ann Cronnin, Sarah Ferrigan and Madeline McAleer, all from Ennis, are among 564 candidates seeking election nationwide.

There was a big rise in Independent candidates but Fianna Fail is running 31 less candidates than in 2007.

FF TD whinges over e100k pay

A FIANNA Fail TD has been caught grumbling about having to survive on €100,000.

Meath West candidate Johnny Brady had a "Pee Flynn moment" when he quipped that he was no better off than he had been as a councillor in the 1970s.

Fine Gael's Alan Shatter said that the comments had exposed "the sham of Fianna Fail's comments on political reform". He said it was a "perverse" whinge at a time when 440,000 were on the live register.

Kenny heckler is a prankster

ENDA Kenny's Leitrim heckler has been exposed as a prankster.

'Bobby Channels' who claimed to be an unemployed roadsweeper was apparently part of an elaborate joke.

He caused a Fine Gael townhall meeting to descend into chaos on Tuesday by roaring that politicians were "watery buffoons".

But it was all part of a comedy act also involving a fictitious Cllr Terry Ghusto.

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