Election Briefs: Poor odds for some runners
PITY the candidates running in Wicklow. In what is probably the biggest field in the country, 24 candidates are fighting it out for five seats. That means almost four out of five will be disappointed.
Compare their odds with those in Dublin North where nine candidates are scrapping over four seats. There, the odds of getting in are closer to 50/50.
No support please, Bertie
DUBLIN Central candidate Mary Fitzpatrick was widely viewed as having been squeezed out a seat by Bertie Ahern's support for her rival Cyprian Brady in the last election.
And there's been no sign of Bertie coming out knocking on doors for her in the current campaign, she says.
In the circumstances though, Mary and her supporters are unlikely to complain about his absence.
Socialists plan for opposition
WhICH party in its manifesto sets out not what it'd do in government, but in opposition?
Why, the Socialist Party of course. Joe Higgins and his colleagues are calling for a vote to create a strong opposition.
The party forms part of the United Left Alliance which is running candidates in almost half of all constituencies.