Browne wants to discuss SF policies - but not all the voters do

It's Michaels Browne's first time running for election to Dail Eireann and he cannot understand why people are not engaging about the issues.

It's Michaels Browne's first time running for election to Dail Eireann and he cannot understand why people are not engaging about the issues.

The Sinn Fein Mayor of Cashel is out on the streets looking for a Number I vote in his home town the morning after most of the posters his election team erected were blown down by gale force winds.

On a canvass up Main Street the Sinn Fein candidate only met one person who wanted to speak about the issues facing the country at the moment. Others gave a nod and a salute and passing motorists gave a beep of the horn but the walkabout reflected what the Sinn Fein candidate is saying about his campaign so far - not many want to discuss the policies of Sinn Fein or the record of the political parties.

Accompanied by Ollie and Rory Ryan, Cllr Browne met plenty of people who wanted to talk about the weather, the horses and the GAA but very few who wanted to discuss his party leader's grasp of the economic trouble of the country, the bank bailout, the universial charge, the health system, the education system or the EU/IMF bailout.

Ann Claffey was the only person to discuss the state of the nation with him and she assured him that he would have vote because "I would not trust anybody else," she said.

"Fianna Fail have not even come around looking for a vote, look what they have done to me, what they have done to everybody living in the country. Fianna Fail have hit everything, they are after putting us in poverty," she said.

Martin Stapleton wanted to know how he could get to vote in the forthcoming election after moving house while a former Town Council colleague Mattie Finnerty assured the Sinn Fein candidate "I will look after the Cashel man" while the former fianna Fail councillor acknowledged his relief that he was not calling on doorsteps looking for votes this time around.

"Unnecessary, unnec-essary" insisted Sean O'Dwyer when Michael Browne told him that he was calling to ask for a vote in the election.

Sean wished him the best of luck in the election as did everybody that he met on his canvass, including Mick Purcell who greeted the Browne election team on Main Street.

Cllr. Browne said he was determined to give it a 'real shot' over the next few weeks. He planned to do most of his canvassing in daylight and said he was not in favour of calling on houses at night.

"People don't want to be bothered at night. They dont want to miss Coronation Street and they don't want to be standing out in the cold talking to politicians," said Cllr. Browne.

He said the old issues concerning Sinn Fein just did not arise now.

"Northern Ireland is a dead duck, nobody wants to speak about it now. The main issues I have come across are jobs and and the universial charge," said Cllr. Browne.