Canvassing a tiring business, but worth it!

Last night I was out canvassing in Cork South Central ward for Emmett O’Halloran. We were canvassing in the Turners Cross area of the ward. In my years of canvassing, I have rarely come across a reaction as I did last night. Apart from one or two “plague on all your houses” voters, the majority were very positive when they saw “Fine Gael” on the leaflet or knew of Emmett and were willing to support him.

Cork South Central is a competitive ward. It is a five seater. So far there are two Fianna Fail candidates (Sean Martin and Tom O’Driscoll), two Fine Gael candidates (Emmett O’Halloran and Billy MaGill), three independents (Mick Finn and Pauie Dineen, also I believe someone conected to Con O’Connell is going to run), one Labour Candidate (Lorraine Kingston), one Green Candidate (Mary Ryder) and one Sinn Fein Candidate (Fiona Kerins). That is 10 candidates for five seats. It will be an interesting election.

I myself will be out canvassing two nights a week for Emmett and say I get a great buzz from it! Even when you get stuck on doors!

Last night now I got caught on two doors. One was about the heath levy and one was about pensions and taxes, something the local elections have no baring on, but people are worried about these issues it would seem.

Next week we are starting in my area of Ballphehane. It will be fun!

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

8 thoughts on “Canvassing a tiring business, but worth it!”

    1. Its where I grew up! I went to school in Ballyphehane, my nan in lives in Ballyphehane! I live near pouladuff road!!! 😀

  1. Hi Stephen,
    As a local elections enthusiast I would like to invite you to to the launch of ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: A GUIDE TO LOCAL ELECTIONS IN IRELAND by LIAM WEEKS AND AODH QUINLIVAN (“An indispensable history, guide and primer on local elections in Ireland” – The Irish Times).
    The book will be launched by MICHEÁL MARTIN T.D., MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS at 6 p.m. on FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2009 in the SECOND FLOOR SOCIAL AREA, O’RAHILLY BUILDING, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK.
    Feel free to pass along the invitation to Emmett O’Halloran and other candidates.
    Best wishes,
    – Aodh (your former UCC lecturer!)

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