Diary of A Canvasser: #Aras11 Edition

Mary Davis Sticker

As with every election campaign, I am out on the streets and talking up my preferred candidate or cause. This time out, just like with Lisbon 2, I have left Fine Gael behind to support a different group.

If you weren’t aware, I am supporting Mary Davis for the Irish Presidency. There are many reasons for this. but I think she is best placed to represent Ireland abroad and to engage Irish communities at home.

On Friday I went on my first canvass for the presidential election. We decided to canvass the Cork City V Finn Harps match in Turners Cross. The last time I canvassed this I didnt get a great reaction as we were campaigning for a yes vote for Lisbon 2, so I was a litte apprehensive, but boy did i get a surprise.

The reaction for Mary Davis was amazing, I have never canvassed for a candidate and got such a positive response.  Granted a few people were saying ” We dont need a president” etc and a few had made up their minds, but overall a lot of people were interested in Mary and contemplated voting for her.  A few people of course wasn’t sure who she was but once we said she was an independent candidate they did become interested.

There was a bit of slagging about the “Airburshing/Image enhancement” but someone show me a candidates poster which hasn’t been airbrushed!

It will be interesting to see how the campaign develops after the debates and as the candidates get more coverage.

I will of course continue the Diary as the campaign continues

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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