Tuesday January 21, 2020

The power of the plough

Image, influence and innuendo: how the National Ploughing Championships got political

25th September, 2016
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny in high demand at the IFA tent at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly Pic: Finbarr ORourke

Right smack in the middle of 700 acres of machinery, livestock, burgers and muck, lovely muck, Brendan Howlin, the leader of the Labour Party, has caused a bit of a stir.

He is standing just outside the National Ploughing Association’s headquarters, which is marked in the distance by a green blimp-shaped balloon emblazoned with the letters NPA, and a TV camera is inches away from his face.

“I don’t know what Fianna Fáil are...

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