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On The Trail: 7 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…

IT’S WEEK TWO of the local and European elections campaign proper and candidates up and down the country have been pounding the pavements, knocking on doors and dealing with poster nightmares.

Since we brought you our first collection of weird and wacky things we’d spotted on the campaign trail over recent weeks we’ve been inundated with emails, pictures and videos.

Here’s our selection from the mailbox this week…

1. The independent candidate with the catchy campaign song 

Last week we brought you Dan McCarthy’s excellent campaign leaflet, this week we bring you his excellent campaign song:

Carmel O'Leary / YouTube

2. Another ‘independant’ candidate

Ah lads… 

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3. The candidate appealing to Arabic voters… 

Jason O’Callaghan, who is running in Crumlin-Kimmage, has issued this check the register reminder to his Arabic constituents:

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4. … who also happens to be a wedding singer

As lead singer of the Wedding Knights (Wedding Band of the Year!) O’Callaghan, formerly a newspaper gossip columnist, guarantees you a “full dance floor” and a “competitive rate”:

Jason O'Callaghan / YouTube

5. The candidate who made their own poster 

‘Red’ Mick O’Donnell has taken matters into his own hands and we admire him for it:

6. The European election candidate who doesn’t want you to be an ass

Nice prop from Mark Fitzsimons:

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7. The Fine Gael campaign videos 

As we’ve already documented extensively this week, there are some odd things going on in these Fine Gael videos. Not least this:

Seen anything weird and wonderful in your area or on the campaign trail in recent weeks. Drop us an email

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

Read: Two ministers and a famously brassy lady in a wooden box. What could go wrong this time?

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