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The candidates reveal their favourite songs

EVER wondered what David Norris sings in the shower, or whether I Fought The Law And The Law Won was on Martin McGuinness's playlist?

The Presidential hopefuls have revealed their favourite songs. And the tunes that keep them going throughout the gruelling campaign make for some interesting listening.

Everything from love ballads to Country and Western classics made the cut.

David Norris may be adamant he won't bring a partner to Aras an Uachtarain if he wins, but he confided that he finds solace in the Imelda May track Big Bad Handsome Man.

And while she insists that she's not disheartened by her poor ratings in recent polls, Dana revealed that her favourite song was You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield.

"I've always been a huge fan of Dusty Springfield, her voice is amazing. But with this one when I hear the melody I just keep singing it," she said.

Sean Gallagher stuck to his Cavan roots with his song choice, The River, by Garth Brooks.

"I grew up in Ballyhaise with the Showbands and Country and Western music. I still really love it. My favourite song has to be The River by Garth Brooks especially the line, 'I'll never reach my destination if I never try.' It really resonates with me. It's about trying your best and keeping going to the last," he said.

Gay Mitchell proved somewhat enigmatic with his song choice, Where Do You Go To My Lovely by Peter Sarstedt. The Fine Gael candidate failed to give a reason.

Michael D Higgins's choice shows he's a man of the people. He opted for the Christy Moore song Ordinary Man. Explaining the choice on Galway Bay FM, he added that he opted for the song "as the natural instinct of the heart towards freedom and equality that we all share is sometimes best described in a song".

Mary Davis took a trip down memory lane with her choice, Rod Stewart's Maggie May.

"It brings me back to a gig I attended in 1987 in Dublin. I was heavily pregnant with my daughter Emma at the time," she recalled.

Martin McGuinness was the only candidate who didn't reveal his favourite song to the programme but that didn't stop the guessing game. Jailhouse Rock and Folsom Prison Blues were both mooted as choices but the Sinn Fein man was staying mum on what's on his iPod.

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