Ballot Capers with Hugh Linehan

A sideways look at the election

 

Cry Freedom

Frankly, the standard of election literature (don’t call it junk mail) being distributed has been pretty appalling. Fair play, then, to Renua’s Dublin South-West candidate Ronan McMahon, who has elevated the tone by distributing leaflets with a picture of Nelson Mandela on one side. “As I walked out the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” reads the accompanying quote, presumably referring to the experiences of Ronan and his fellow Fine Gael escapees Lucinda Creighton, Terence Flanagan and Billy Timmins. “I used the leaflets when in the local elections,” says the South County Dublin councillor. “They were very popular and some people kept them on their mantelpieces.”

Unfortunately, the internet has no shortage of pranksters, which is why Yoda and Che Guevara have now been added to the Renua cause.

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