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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C
Seanad referendum

‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass

Richard Bruton took a stroll in the Dublin sun earlier to meet potential voters in the Seanad referendum. He even bumped into a fellow Cabinet colleague…

Updated at 10.34pm

MINISTER FOR JOBS Richard Bruton did a short canvass around Dublin city centre this afternoon meeting mixed reaction from potential voters.

The Fine Gael director of elections was distributing the party’s latest booklets outlining the reasons for and the benefits of abolishing the upper house.

He was accompanied by a number of councillors and potential local election candidates.

Among them were former Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen – a two-time Seanad candidate himself – and councillor Neale Richmond, also a Seanad hopeful in 2011 who campaigned on getting rid of the upper house.

Things got off to a good start on Hibernian Way just off Dawson Street as Bruton found at least one supporter, though he did want something in return:

Down Grafton Street, the Minister was accosted by a man who appeared to be looking for some money.

“Catch you later,” Bruton told the man, who was less than pleased:

A woman selling flowers just off Grafton Street admitted she did not know much about the forthcoming referendum but promised to read the shiny new booklet:

Then Bruton bumped into his Cabinet colleague Leo Varadkar for a bit of awkward banter:

This article was originally posted at 4.14pm

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