Polling stations are open and thousands are flocking to cast their vote in the Irish General Election 2016. This all sounds dull, so let’s remember the campaign’s funnier moments.
This particular election season has seemed a lot more drawn out than previous iterations, even if the official campaign was unusually short, with soft campaigning starting as far back as October and November as the current Government hmm’d and haw’d about choosing a date.
Then came the posters. Public meetings posters, at first, plastered with campaigning TDs’ faces. Then came the ‘official’ posters. And they were everywhere. Voter fatigue set in and, as debates passed in front of our eyes, we longed for simpler, funnier times.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the election campaign’s funnier and more surprising moments.
1. Guerrilla marketing at its best
I was passing by Santry when Jesus’ followers were busy getting their main man up for a No 1 vote a few days ago. Spreading the word, as always. This wasn’t their idea, obviously, with marketers for the new Zoolander 2 movie beating them by a couple of weeks. Bravo.
2. Choppy waters
There’s not much to say on this one.
Remember when Joan Burton fell out of a canoe.. Good times pic.twitter.com/CElHT0LF06
— Caoimhe (@Irish_Lovatic) February 8, 2016
3. Watch out for the mic
You drop, I point.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 15, 2016
5. Leadership II
You whinge, I dig a hole.
6. Common sense out of left field
On The Late Late Show a few weeks ago, The Rubberbandits’ Blind Boy Boat Club impressed an awful lot of people with his true grasp on what a whole generation seems to be going through.
His discussion on plans for a remembrance of the 1916 Rising was heavily loaded in logic, appreciation and intelligence.
His discussion on his generation, meanwhile, was simply realistic. And popular.
7. Set the date
Facebook user Kirsty Buchanan recently reached out to Donegal candidate Tim Jackson, letting him know exactly how she felt about him.
Spotting an opportunity to drum up support – and perhaps looking for love – Jackson said he’d go on a date if enough people liked the idea.
So, last night, it happened.
8. Election to the Future
There are no words.
9. Booby Sands
Never cut back on sub-editors. Never.
What kind of terrorist / freedom fighter* produces milk? *delete as approp. Booby Sands pic.twitter.com/0IvxhbAgI6
— Flexo Ren (@Flexo777) February 10, 2016
10. Lively up yourself
Supercuts, Vincent Browne and Bob Marley. I’m in favour of all of these things.
— TV3 (@TV3Ireland) February 22, 2016
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