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And they’re off… politicians around the country kick into full election mode

Here is what they’ve been up to.

WITH THE DÁIL now dissolved the starting gun has been fired for wannabe TDs to get into full electioneering mode.

Around the country posters have been tied to lampposts and front doors knocked in the bid for votes.

With less than eight hours since things got underway, there has been no shortage of activity.

Here is what life out on the campaign trail has looked like so far…

On the doorstep 

Members of the public are going to meeting lots of candidates over the next three weeks, so it’s probably a good idea to have a USP. Catherine Murphy has gone for a purple coat to make her stand out, and was out chapping doors in Kildare earlier today.

Ciara Conway was out Dungarvan, part of her constituency. The nicest view in the country, apparently.

Just in case you’re worried you won’t get the opportunity to meet Eamon Ryan in person over the next few weeks here is a video of the Green leader giving his party a plug.

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Putting up posters 

Michael McCarthy seems to have found the dirtiest road sign in Cork to attach one of his first posters to.

Michelle Mulherin was out in Ballina earlier today.

People Before Profit and the AAA outside the Dáil today presenting a united front.

Other stuff

You’ll be seeing plenty more of this over the next three weeks. Independent TD Denis Naughten has roped a neighbour of his mothers into giving him a bit of publicity out on the campaign trail.

 

Have you ever cooked your dinner while wearing a suit? Fine Gael Cork South West hopeful Jim Daly has…

The Labour Party have been backed by their namesakes from across the water. Here is what former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott had to say…

Fine Gael’s launch of their election campaign earlier today had a sort of last supper look to it. Although, to be fair, most press conferences probably do if you look at them from a wide-angle shot.

Labour party TD Derek Nolan here refashioning Teresa Mannion’s catch phrase.

And Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has been been quick to give out some practical advice on where would-be voters can register.

Want to know who to vote for? Take a look at our election database here.

Read: Politicians were breaking the law all over Ireland last night

Also: It’s on: The general election will be held on 26 February

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