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On The Trail: 9 odd, weird and wonderful things from Election 2014
The election trail can be an odd place, here are a few things we’ve come across in recent days…

LESS THAN A week to go and over two thousand election candidates across the country are doing everything they can in the final days of the campaign to get as many votes as possible.

That means going to sometimes extreme lengths to grab your attention or generate publicity. Over the past few weeks we’ve brought you some examples of this and asked for your own contributions.

You have inundated us with weird, whacky and wonderful stuff and with voting happening next Friday we bring you our final collection of oddness from Election 2014.


1. The swans in Bray that are looking for your vote

Nice swan (geddit?!) to James Nolan for sending these in…

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2. The Fine Gael hopeful who’s been trying to get our attention on Twitter

Paddy Smyth, a candidate in Rathgar-Rathmines, has been doing all sorts of gimmicky stuff to get our attention including this cannot-be-unseen Conchita-inspired photoshop.

And not forgetting  this…

Or this:


3. An old friend who’s been a bit naughty 

Remember Jason O’Callaghan? Well he’s not doing his environmental credentials much good with this:

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4. The candidate with the sweet supporters 

Thomas Byrne is being spoiled with this carry-on:

5. The banner some canvassers will fear

Particularly those of a Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil variety around Clare Hall in Dublin:

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6. The voter who’s having a lucky dip

A door no candidate will want to knock on:

7. The Polish candidate reusing an old campaign video

But if we were Lech Szczecinski we wouldn’t be able to top this:

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8. Another campaign video with an original song

Some good fiddle playing going on here:

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9. The Green Party candidate wearing a Ramones t-shirt in her poster

And a leather jacket:

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More: Rónán Mullen dancing to Pharrell and 5 other slightly odd campaign videos

On The Trail: 7 odd, weird and wonderful things from Election 2014

Read: 8 skills you need to run for election according to these campaign videos

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