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6 more skills you need to run for election according to these campaign videos

By-election campaign videos are odd, wonderful, and informative. Sort of.

YOU MAY RECALL at the height of the local and European elections we brought you the some of the best and most bizarre campaign videos produced by some political parties and candidates.

With the most money and resources, it’s no surprise that Fine Gael is pretty prolific in this regard and they’ve produced two more high-quality productions for the Dublin South-West and Roscommon South-Leitrim by-elections.

We also managed to root out a Sinn Féin production for the DSW vote on Friday and having assessed all three of them we thought we’d bring you another list essential tips you should take note of if you’re running for office.

1. Get the old photos out 

Pictures of you from back in the day will always go down well. Always. Here are Fine Gael candidates Maura Hopkins and Cáit Keane with their families:

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1 back in the day pic

2. Always look like you’re down with the kids 

It can be teenagers…

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2 with the kids

Or, in Sinn Féin hopeful Cathal King’s case, your own…


3. Look interested in mundane stuff…

Cáit Keane really excels at this. Fair play…

3 look interested

4 round thing

4. Don’t be afraid of animals

Stroking dogs is always a winner…

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5 stroke dogs

5. Look busy

Whether it’s feeding cattle…


Or pretending to be on the phone…

look busy

6. Hang out with famous people… 

Enda’s pretty famous…

6 celebs

Everyone knows Leo…

celebs 2

And Martin McGuinness is kind of a big deal...

celebs 3

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Hugh O'Connell

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