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.
POSTCODES WILL BE introduced for every address in the country by spring next year.
The Wall Street Journal has written about the challenges facing the new system: while it will make it easier to deliver post, there are concerns that the system is intrusive and could make it easier to send junk mail.
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