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This is the best election EVER

Just when you thought Election 2007 couldn’t get any more GUBU, along comes Ivor Callely and his Teddy Bears Picnic stunt. It seems On The Record’s favourite ex-junior minister decided to enlist the help of some people wearing teddy bear …

Thu, May 17, 2007, 15:23

   

Just when you thought Election 2007 couldn’t get any more GUBU, along comes Ivor Callely and his Teddy Bears Picnic stunt.

It seems On The Record’s favourite ex-junior minister decided to enlist the help of some people wearing teddy bear costumes as a jolly jape on the hustings in Dublin North Central.

Hey, dressing up in bear costumes worked mighty fine for the Flaming Lips, didn’t it?

But, like many things associated with Ivor, this stunt back-fired.

A mother today rounded on Fianna Fáil TD Ivor Callely after her young children were canvassed by adults in teddy bear suits outside school gates.

The 33-year-old woman insisted she was shocked by the former junior minister’s electioneering stunt outside the junior girls school in the fiercely contested north Dublin constituency.

Damaris O’Brien, from Killester, demanded to know if the unknown figures in the teddy bear suits at Belgrove National School in Clontarf had been vetted before engaging with young children.

“Who the hell are these people in bear suits? I mean you just don’t know who people are anymore and you hear all these horror stories about kids,” she said.

Naturally, Ivor had an answer. Didn’t he?

Despite numerous calls to Mr Callely’s mobile phone and several messages left with his constituency office and parliamentary office there was no response to the concerns.

I repeat. Best. Election. Ever.