The Limerick Lazarus rises to the canvass

Michael Noonan’s modus operandi on the doorsteps is utterly old-fashioned, decidedly clientelist – and very effective, writes Niamh Connolly

19th February, 2011

‘I’ll tell you, Michael, I’ll be giving Kieron O’Donnell the number one because he’s been good to me, and yourself number two.

And that’s it!” the man told Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan, gesturing extravagantly with his hands to indicate that his preferences will stop with Fine Gael on the ballot paper.

‘‘That’s ideal,” said Noonan. ‘‘Ideal.” Noonan is on a canvass...

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