And they’re off!!!
Yes, the starter’s whistle has been blown and candidates across Ireland have begun the long race to the finishing post with the prize being membership of a county, town or borough council.
One such candidate is Labour’s Aodhan O Riordain - currently a member of Dublin City Council.
Tonight (Thurs), he will join forces with two political heavyweights to launch his campaign for this summer’s local elections when he will be running as a candidate in the Clontarf Ward.
Joining Aodhan at the starting line of the political marathon will be Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore and everyone’s favourite Star columnist Eamon Dunphy (OK, he is not a political heavyweight, but he can get fairly worked up about the state of the economy!)
It will be a day-long affair, kicking off with O Riordain and Gilmore meeting the staff and parents of pupils of Belgrove Junior Boys School in Clontarf.
Then it is on to join Dublin GAA selector Mickey Whelan to launch the Senior Citizens’ Forum Policy Document, a quick meet and greet on the streets of Marino and visits to Marino Boys Football Club and Craobh Chiarain GAA club in Donnycarney.
And then it’s off to Graingers pub in Marino for the real business of the day - the launch of Aodhan’s campaign by none other than Eamon Dunphy.
With Dunphy on board, it’s bound to be a memorable evening!
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