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On the hustings: A week in pictures on the Election 2011 campaign trail

They came, they put on boxing gloves, they aim to conquer – brings you some of the offguard, and possibly posed, moments of GE11.

CLIMBING FENCES, BATTLING gale-force winds, kissing babies – is there anything the candidates of Election 2011 won’t do to win over the hearts and minds of voters?

On the hustings: A week in pictures on the Election 2011 campaign trail
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  • "But I'm too young to go to work, Mr Kenny..."

    Six-month-old May Hennelly in Athlone looks less than impressed that she might be part of Enda Kenny and Fine Gael's plan to get Ireland back to work.Source: PA Images/Julien Behal
  • Dilemma? What dilemma?

    A laptop in the TV3 canteen shows a Fine Gael live web link to a public meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon where Enda Kenny was speaking as Eamon Gilmore and Micheal Martin had a leaders' debate on national television on Tuesday night.Source: PA Images/Julien Behal
  • Under the microscope

    Is Micheal Martin trying to locate the future of the Fianna Fail party at medical lab testing service Claymon biomnis? The company's MD, John O'Sullivan, looks on in Sandyford, Dublin.Source: Maxwells
  • Pier pressure

    Fine Gael candidate Eoghan Murphy hands a pamphlet to a worker from his campaign office on the Great South Wall in Dublin.Source: Maxwells/Naoise Culhane
  • We can see you

    Eamonn Blaney, Paul Doonan and Nick Crawford, left to right, are three of the new group of independents named 'New Vision' who launched their Election 2011 campaign this week.
  • Knockout support

    Little Billy Kelleher helps his dad, Fianna Fail candidate Billy Kelleher Snr, do the rounds at the Glen Boxing Club in Cork city.Source: PA Images/Julien Behal
  • Sign-posted reader @Gina_inTipp spotted this unfortunate juxtaposition of an Eamon Gilmore poster and a rural road sign...Source: @Gina_inTipp
  • Banana republ... oh never mind

    Labour leader Eamon Gilmore can't resist the opportunity to make a joke on Dublin's Moore Street at the expense of the outgoing government.Source: PA Images
  • Running/climbing mate

    Cllr Aidan Culhane, below, helps Fianna Fail TD Barry Andrews retrieve a ball from the netting during the Newstalk General Election charity football match in aid of Barnardos.Source: PA Images
  • Fit for office?

    Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh shows off his fancy footwork at the same charity football match on Wednesday.Source: PA Images
  • Don't stop me now

    Labour is stopped, briefly, in its tracks as a campaign car is clamped outside its election HQ today. (Thanks to Caitriona Nic Gorain for the headline!)
  • Just resting his eyes

    Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv finds it hard to stay awake at the FF Manifesto launch on Monday... (via @BrianODTV3)

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