Election Bites: Health, Wealth & Power

Wednesday 17 February 2016 23.25
Hands-on leader Joan Burton makes her mark at PayPal's HQ
Hands-on leader Joan Burton makes her mark at PayPal's HQ

Health Check

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described an attack on his record as health minister in the Noughties by Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar (above) as a sad reflection on the minister


Hands-on Leader

Joan Burton was asked about her tendency to express herself with open arms. She pointed out that male leaders have plenty of foibles they're not asked about. And she went out on a limb to explain that she's not the shy and retiring "Downton Abbey type".


Hashtag, You're Not It!

Some politicians may need to get their head out of the word cloud. Twitter mentions might make it feel like they're still in the race, but they don't always translate to votes.


Lost in Translation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted Fine Gael has come up short in translating to voters "how economic recovery impacted on the lives of people in all parts of the country". He told RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke that in the remaining nine days of the campaign, Fine Gael had to "clearly explain its plan to voters".


Current Affairs 

Micheál Martin pledges to put relief from water bills on tap


Notable Quotables


Power Play

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan admitted he liked another party's policies a lot while outlining how solar power could create up to 3,000 jobs and literally put power back in the public's hands.

Scene Setter


Trail Mix

Keywords: Solar, Parties