Donegal Times Says Vote Local
In just over a week the people of Ireland visit the polling booths to vote in those who will represent them in Dail Eireann for the coming term. Over the last seven issues, Donegal Times has interviewed most of the main protagonists in this constituency, teasing from them their hopes, aspirations, plans and policies. Now it is decision time!
If there is one thing that we have learned from noting the largesse handed out by Doctor Jim to our neighbours in Donegal North-East, it is the benefit of having a sitting minister, with loads of dosh to distribute, in your constituency. However next best is to have an elected TD as near as possible, looking after local issues.
In this region of Donegal Town and environs we have three people aspiring to take their places in the big house on Kildare Street, sitting TD and Minister of State, Mary Coughlan, Fine Gaels Jim White and Independent Thomas Pringle. Donegal Times is urging its readers to vote for these 1,2 and 3, in order of choice. The days of rigid party allegiance should be a thing of the past - votes should go to those who can best help our locality - those most strategically placed to benefit South Donegal - and, in the opinion of this newspaper, that is those mentioned above.
So there it is - a trio of talented and hard-working south Donegal candidates who, over the next week, will be criss-crossing the highways and byways looking for your vote. Mary, Thomas and Jim - mark them 1,2 and 3, in order of choice - remember the future of our area is at stake.
Crystal Ball Politics
Donegal Times, always innovative, will attempt to do something never previously tried at local level, by forecasting the first preferences of each South Donegal candidate in contention at next weeks General Election. So, when preliminary results come in, keep this table in front of you and see how accurate our political pundit is in his assessment of each of the runners vote.
The Men Behind the Wire
Jackie Gallagher had spent the whole morning keeping the car park of the Bosco clear. Labour Party leader Ruairi Quinn was being helicoptered in and was to land there. The only problem was the hapless pilot did not know this, so when the chopper whirled into town, it touched down on the running track instead, causing consternation among the awaiting party faithful. Why? Well, the gate of the highly fenced track was locked and nobody had a key. Panic ensued, with waiting hacks, photographers and local party followers on one side of the wire facing the visiting dignitaries on the other. Eventually the key was found, gate unlocked, leader and advisors released - and then began a frantic chase around town trying to make up for lost time.
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