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election cliches

Photos: Bride? Check. Cute kid? Check. Anger? Check. It's Enda Kenny on the campaign trail

Plus a political selfie, of course.

IT’S ONE OF the things that always comes with an election campaign trail.

Walking through a town centre smiling at everyone? Check. Holding babies? Check. Running into a bride and groom and getting a quick picture? Check.

What’s unusual is to get all these things in one go. However, Taoiseach Enda Kenny managed to tick off  more than the usual amount of election clichés in one short visit to Carlow town today.

First up, he happily posed for pictures with newlywed bride Maria Ryan:

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

And even went for the awkward double-kiss with her new husband Peter: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Then there was the semingly-obligatory political selfie with Fine Gael candidate Simon Harris and constituent Helen Brennan: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Followed by the casual post-selfie discussion: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

There was the “oh that’s your sports team is it?” discussion with unimpressed Chelsea fan Mazin Omera

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

There was the run-in with unhappy constituent Adrienne Wallace, who asked what the difference was between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil (Enda’s answer? “Competence”): 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Followed closely by the run-in with another unhappy constituent, Helen Fahey, who is a carer for her autistic son: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

There was some finger pointing, because it isn’t an event with the Taoiseach unless he’s gotten to point at something

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

This was followed with some attempts at a thumbs up with Alannah and Grace Guerin: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Before 9-year-old Molly Hickey gave him her thoughts on how Fine Gael are doing: 

Enda Kenny and Simon Harris Cavanssing. A Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

All that was missing was some teenagers posing awkwardly beside him, really. Still, good job on hitting so many other campaign trail stalwarts. 

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