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Bad day for Eamon Gilmore, who's even losing the interest of those who can't vote... Stephen Kilkenny
Daily Fix

Daily Fix: Monday

You wait for so long for an election to come around, and then when it does… just four days left until polling.

EVERY evening, brings your Daily Fix: our pick of the highlights (and some of the lows) of today’s campaign trail.


  • Peace and Quiet – The Green Party says it’s finalised its Noise Nuisance Bill which it would have tried to pursue if the government had lasted longer, but which is ready to be enacted (according to Ciarán Cuffe) by the next government, whoever it is. The bill allows enforcement officers to issue on-the-spot fines for loud noises.
  • Gerry Adams – The Sinn Féin leader continues his good run on our Twitter Tracker, becoming the second most regularly discussed party leader on Twitter – and the only one whose tweets have been in positive territory over the last 24 hours.


  • Party Animals – See ‘Peace and Quiet’ above. The new Green Party initiative would see parties broken up on the spot with a €150 fine.
  • Straight Stories - It’s been a day of twists and turns for Fine Gael and Newstalk. The broadcaster this morning carried an interview with Enda Kenny, taken yesterday, after which interviewer Chris Donoghue said Kenny wasn’t willing to discuss the furore over his pension. Fine Gael issued a denial, and then the broadcaster issues a statement clarifying that no arrangements were made prior to the interview.
  • Prog Rock – The Green Party will tomorrow hold an online question-and-answer session. It’s title is ‘Ask a Green Day’. Fans of a certain East Bay, California rock band will be disappointed at the name.


Well, the only video game of the campaign so far, but Fine Gael has unveiled its ‘Go Ireland’ videogame – the latest online plug for its campaign – which features a Super Mario-style Enda Kenny flinging ‘magic stars’ (the FG logo) at baddies like Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore, Brian Lenihan, Micheál Martin and John Gormley.

Oddly, Enda seems to lose a life whenever he falls onto some traffic cones. Maybe no jobs in construction?


Here's the latest election-themed video from children's charity Bernardo's. The charity reckons the outgoing parties haven't done enough to put children at the centre of their policymaking, and has encouraged - through it's Children's Manifesto - parties to make children a priority in the next Programme for Government.

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