FERGUS FINLAY had a mixed day yesterday – while listeners to RTÉ Radio’s Liveline were picking him as their favourite prospective President of Ireland ahead of the October 2011 elections, his car was being broken into.
In the apparent absence of any newsworthy topic worth discussing on yesterday’s programme, Liveline gave users a prospective list of ten presidential candidates and asked users to vote by text to eliminate candidates until there were just two left.
Early eliminated candidates included Bertie Ahern, Mary O’Rourke, and John Bruton. Even David Norris, considered a popular independent choice for Ireland’s highest office, failed to make it past fifth place.
Ultimately, of the final two candidates, Finlay won a head-to-head vote of support against Emily O’Reilly – but evidently didn’t have much reason to celebrate afterward, with his car being broken into while the poll was ongoing.
The TDs wore the jumpers as Ruth Coppinger TD pushed the Taoiseach for a referendum on abortion following Saturday’s March for Choice.
The wearing of the jumpers emblazoned with a slogan used by pro-choice campaigners was criticised by some politicians, however. Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon called it a ‘stunt’.
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said that it wasn’t forbidden per se, but that “party political” emblems shouldn’t be shown. He also said that clothing infractions could be investigated by the committee on procedure and privileges.
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