He did what? Presidential Election Debate Update! October 25, 2011Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
The sky may – near literally – have fallen over large parts of the country yesterday, Dublin may be partially submerged by water but… the campaign continues nonetheless. One feels that if it had been necessary to ferry candidates in and out of studios by gondolier it would have happened. And what’s this? What’s this???
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE Seán Gallagher has conceded he may have delivered a €5,000 donation from a “convicted criminal and fuel smuggler” to Fianna Fáil headquarters three years ago.
In the latest dramatic twist in the presidential election campaign, Mr Gallagher, speaking during last night’s Frontline television debate on RTÉ, at first denied any knowledge of a Sinn Féin claim he had personally collected a €5,000 cheque from a man who attended a fundraiser for former taoiseach Brian Cowen.
“What I have done, I may well have delivered the photograph. If he gave me an envelope I . . . if he gave me the cheque it was made out to Fianna Fáil headquarters and it was delivered and that was that. It was nothing to do with me.”
Hmmm… welcome to the new politics.
Anyhow, a ‘Sinn Féin’ claim… interesting choice of words there.
I’d thought it might get even dirtier in these last few days before Thursday, but I surely didn’t expect SF to be the delivery system of the latest attack against Gallagher, but… I guess given how grim the campaign has been hitherto why would anyone be surprised?
For a campaign that people, including myself, thought would be dull before it started…
As to the substantive issue. It looks awful, or as IELB said… he ‘was caught rapid’. This can’t play well for Gallagher, it’s a perfect storm for him really – so much for his ‘independent’ status, so much for being a break with the past, and can’t – I’m presuming – do much good for McGuinness. So that leaves the question as to how grateful Labour will be to SF if Higgins wins. 😉
I’m interested in peoples thoughts on it and likely outcomes.
Just adding in some video of the debate (IEL)