Dogfights over Croker
Meanwhile, in Dublin, the election race has taken something of a Churchillian direction. They will fight it on the beaches, they will fight it on the street, they will fight it on the doorsteps and now . . . they are fighting it in the air. Move over Battle of Britain, the Battle of Ballybough will take to the skies tomorrow in time for the All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry. Senator Mary White, Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin South, hired an aircraft to fly an advertising banner over Croke Park during the Dublin-Mayo semi-final.
“Cut the Inheritance Tax – Mary White” was the message. “I got great feedback from people, many of whom didn’t know that it’s a terrible stealth tax. They are very concerned – I had a standing room only meeting about it in Mount Merrion Community Centre last month” she says. “We’re putting together a petition which I will formally present to Michael Noonan before the budget.” She’s sending up her inheritance tax banner again. At half-time, she hopes.
But Mary has company this time; Dublin North-Central’s Finian McGrath, who peppered lampposts with cardboard McGrath Dublin jerseys for the semi-final. “I discussed it with my election team – we thought it would be very expensive, but it’s not”, he told us yesterday. “We nearly killed ourselves putting up and taking down the jersey posters in the early hours of the morning so we’ve decided to risk the plane for the final.”