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Daily Fix: Saturday

A round-up of today’s campaign trail events: debating the debates; a party resignation in Waterford; and lots of hype for TV3 debate.

Enda Kenny greets a member of the public after launching his party's election campaign last week.
Enda Kenny greets a member of the public after launching his party's election campaign last week.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Every evening, TheJournal.ie brings you your Daily Fix: all the highlights of today’s campaign trail.

GOOD DAY FOR:

  • TV3 who are getting a lot of extra attention about Tuesday’s leaders’ debate due to Enda Kenny’s refusal to engage with the station’s presenter Vincent Browne.
  • Fine Gael, Labour and Independents who are currently standing as the first, second and third most-popular groups for voters according to Boards.ie’s new rolling poll.

BAD DAY FOR:

  • Us, if you listen to Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh who says that the debate over the debates is a joke which underlines all that is wrong with Irish politics. “There are serious issues that need to be addressed by political leaders and frankly the electorate deserves better than to be subjected to this silly squabble,” he said.
  • Fine Gael, after candidate Councillor Tom Higgins resigned his party membership and announced he would run for election as an Independent in Waterford.

JIBE OF THE DAY:

Labour’s candidate in Louth, Councillor Ged Nash, accused Sinn Féin politicians of speaking out of both sides of their mouths for allegedly pursuing conflicting education policies north and south of the border. Nash said Labour’s commitment to a school-building programme was not just “a slogan at election time”.

ELECTORAL DANGER OF THE DAY:

Signs and free cheese from angry voters who don’t want to meet Fianna Fáil or Green Party canvassers.

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