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Emma Kiernan on the Fine Gael website Those of you eligible to vote in the forthcoming elections for Newbridge Town Council in County Kildare might want to consider the impressive political credentials of Fine Gael candidate Emma Kiernan. Ms Kiernan, 27, seen here on the Fine Gael website, was recently out celebrating a chum's …

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i dont think our local MP - the ugly as hell pube haired gillian merron - looks anywhere near that good. i could handle shite government if they looked 1/2 decent like this young lady! at least she seems to be a normal person. fat chance in england!

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She admitted that it is "not a great" snap

I disagree :) but then maybe thats just my Y chromosome

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Run girl run

Could she please be a replacement for that twat gordon idiot

She at least look like a fun lass

Hmmmmm

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Tim

About time

For a moment this was in danger of turning into an IT news website.

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Stop this filth!

Shock pretty late-20's girl enjoying night out with mates horror.

Anyone who claims they haven't done similar is either a) lying b) so old they can't remember that far back.

Paris because she'll let anyone grab her funbags.

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When Irish eyes are smiling.

Pretty girl having fun on a night out. Not really that shocking, but I am surprised that Fine Gael still has her address and mobile number on its website.

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Do you think....

Do you think she can claim expenses on them too? ;o)

Errrmmm.... nights out / entertaining I mean.... honest!

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I probably won't be the first but . . .

She goes down in my books as a very fine gael.

(OK, so my poetic licence has expired, yeah, yeah!)

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Well fit

I am well impressed by the up and coming politicos in Dublin, lots of well fit birds.

This cannot do her chances any harm all the same, young lads will definitely vote for her.

Signed, a Dublin voter.

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Looks like it was a fun night out!

Now, if only our politicians were that attractive, and equipped with a to-die-for Irish accent.

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Shock horror?

Politician turns out to be actual person? Golly.

As long as she was buying her own drinks (not at the taxpayer's expense) then I don't see what the problem is.

I really hate to sound shallow*, but I can't help feeling that British politics could stand to have a few more young people involved. Preferably young and attractive; it might help to get more people interested in more than just the sleazy headlines.

Yeah, right.

*Not that I'm going to let that stop me...

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She's got my vote!

I would even turn a blind eye to her having these nights out on expenses

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PR Guy

If i was her PR guy, i'd slap a 'Vote for me!' on the bottom of the photo and get it up around town.

She'd win in a land slide.

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Baps!

Would you vote for her or this set of freaks... keep an eye out for Eileen "Spidergirl" Kinnear... ;)

http://www.harrow.gov.uk/www2/mgMemberIndex.aspx?

Paris, since she's never allowed embarrassing pictures appear on the web without making sure they further her "career"...

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Damn kids!

Anyway, "MOAR BOAR WANTS MOAR"

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I wish...

... a lot of things, but in this case, I wish she'd rubbished the "scandal" rather than saying it's "not a great snap", she should have just said something along the lines of "ha! Yeah that was a fun night! I wouldn't pose like that for my election photos tho! haha. Seriously, I'm in my 20s I go out with my mates and have fun and I don't think its in any way scandalous."

People are too quick to kowtow to the fuddy-duddy baseline where as a bit of realism in politics is long overdue!

It's the same with the dope smoking scandals really. "shock news that a politician smoked a reefer when in university" So what? So did about half the uni! (not counting the staff!) Provided they're not high as a kite when making important policy decisions, I couldn't give two figs.

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The Real Candidate

Yes, heard about this but everyone knows there's only one real candidate running in Ireland this time (2nd story):

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/campaignwatch/2009/05/21/tubridy-reaches-out-to-the-little-people/

Paul has stated the hat is an attempt to bring in the green vote by recycling cardboard wherever possible.

His more recent campaign work:

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/campaignwatch/2009/05/23/hes-at-it-again/

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NSFW?

It's a bit on the edge, you have to admit. I guess it depends where you work!

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Hmmm...

To be honest, this picture should only increase the number of votes for her (at least from half of the population...).

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Who cares what she charges to expenses?

Says it all really!

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Couple of nice policies....

At last, a human being running for the people!

Oh and, search for her on Face Book.... very funny :)

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@Tim

Sorry mate had facebook involved still IT related :D

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Remeber Kids.....

The friends you snog/are groped by today will be the photos on facebook tomorrow.....

On another note. Don't have a facebook profile if you want your private life private and remind "friends" that embarrasing pics might get you sacked, so no pics of me on your profiles please...... thanks.

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nice girl

I sent Emma a blatantly unsolicited email asking her to move to England to replace the gibbering idiots we have 'running' (or is that ruining?) the show over here and she sent a very polite response saying she'd love to!

She also said (and I quote) "I really don't know what all the fuss is about, my friend just tripped and fell over my bag which was lying on the ground ;)" So she has the true politicians grasp of how to answer questions honestly...

All true democracies need more people like Miss Kiernan in my opinion. She is friendly, down to earth and obviously in touch with the people around her. (or at least the people around her are clearly in touch with her...)

Makes me wish I was Irish so I could cast my vote!

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Picture...

...that was a boob.

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And we've got....

Margaret Beckett.

(Sob!)

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@Keith

"Anyone who claims they haven't done similar is either a) lying b) so old they can't remember that far back."

Nobody has fondled my man boobs in a long time. Well, not since I didn't have them. :)

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International call

Some chap called Silvio's on the line, says you can have his post any time.

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The Reason People Are Outraged over This

People are obviously upset because they weren't invited to that party.

Seriously, the only reason why anyone outside of Ireland finds this newsworthy is that the Irish are making a fuss about it. It was obviously a night with friends, not an official event, she doesn't look drunk and she's simply having fun with her (girl)friends and making a pose for a party photo.

Get real, people! Ninety percent of the time, when a politician breaks the law "just a little bit", the public and their party let it slide, but things like this cause an outrage. Must things be so hypocritical?

What would be the message if her party took any action against her? "If you're not bored 24/7, you're not one of us!"?!

P.S. Nice of The Register to supply a photo with the story. :D

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Who's her (clever) election agent?

Disgusting, Emma brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘political party’, she obviously knows the power of viral marketing and is prepared to use any trick possible to get free her face in the media as evidenced by her willingness to have pictures of her in compromising position “leaked” to the press, she has debased the whole concept of political debate and is trying to get elected without putting forward any opinions or policies or reasoned debate of those policies. She seems to be is prepared to do anything to get elected and has dragged local politics into the gutter..

I would have thought she would have felt more at home in Fianna Fáil

I wonder would this approach help Mary O'Rourke or Mary Harney, these two usually elicit the same response from me as stepping in dog-poo does, how do I get rid of it without having to touch it. Come to think of it, that’s the effect 99% of Irish politicians have on me.

Although if Emma called to my front door looking for my vote I’d be prepared to give her one.

Paris, who also knows the upset caused by having private pictures released on the interweb

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All A Misunderstanding

She had just got back from a visit to a 'Well Woman' clinical appointment and was demonstrating one of the examination techniques to a friend. It's educational activity, nothing wrong with that.

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People joke about this

the same way everyone joked about Schwarzenegger running in California.

Have you seen California lately?

Just sayin..

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Fit

She is well fit and well worth a vote or two!!

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heh

no need to be suprised - god damn she's a good looking lass. Infact, she may be the hottest politico I've ever seen! That doesn't make her any less of a politico though.

However it's an interesting point in case as to why people don't want cctv in pubs - not that this picture was cctv but becouse normal folk do drunk things in pubs that may look a bit silly under the light of day, Gordo hugging Prescot going "I love you man, I know we've had problems but I really love you" whilst at a labour party party being leaked from cctv footage at the bar would be pretty classic.

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Mixed opinion and reapeating other comments.

On the one hand this is a great example of "the TwitMyFaceBo problem" -- where people forget that they're publishing everything to the world from the time it's posted until the time google cache and/or The Wayback Machine forget about it.

On the other, if the photo is seen by anyone as inappropriate then they shouldn't be allowed to vote anyhow.

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@Baps!!!

Good grief!

What does Councillor Kinnear have on her face!!!!!

You sir have scared me for life! hope you're happy....

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It's grim up North

It's alright for the South! In the North the only saucy pics of politicians we ever got are of Sammy Wilson!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/774447.stm

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breast augmentation? Pariliamentary expenses?

Mmmm what a nice picture; I'm not eligible to vote for her in any election where she is a candidate, but yes, that's a fine piece of electioneering. I could stand to see a bit more of that on the hustings.

But if we're still fussing about 88p for a bathplug, or a few quid for a phone bill that included internet and satellite TV and some also a dodgy movie or two .... well yes, I would feel most aggrieved about tens of thousands claimed for a mortgage that did not exist, but I'm sure I could be a lot more philosophical about a claim for Bulgarian airbags.

Isn't it about time the Labour Party spin doctors and image consultants started reminding Ruth Kelly to look more girlie?

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It's not a scandal anyway

I haven't heard or seen any negative commentary in the Irish Media about her. If anything, she's likely to get loads of votes from normal individuals.

She'll just have upset a few old fogies at her party HQ, but they'll get over it :D

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The same party ran with this

Just to give you an idea of what this party ran with for the Lisbon Treaty campaign :

These appeared all over college campuses in Ireland on behalf of Young Fine Gael

http://contexts.org/socimages/files/blogger2wp/Lisbonmale.jpg

So, I doubt her party will be too shocked.

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Well, if things don't work out in Ireland

I'm sure she'd be probably get a cabinet position in the Italian government.

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@Ted Treen

Thanks for that.

Now if I can just find the "erase" button on my imagination, I might just be able to keep my lunch down.

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The Silvio Berlusconi School of Politics

Ah! Its nice to see the Silvio Berlusconi School of Politics has reached the Emerald Isle. Can the Mother of Parliaments be far behind? Jordan for PM!!!

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jK5YmzsKPF1GstwyGe7m1JiQd6dw

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yummy

add a few smears of butter and she has my vote......for anything

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Ok, fuck Canada

I am moving to Ireland! I wish the pollies back in Australia, or here in Canada looked half as good, and displayed at least a LITTLE bit of humanity.

Its good to see she is an actualy person, rather than a soul-less, ugly lawyer.

Australia lost its last hot pollie when Natasha Stott Despoja retired.

Juila Gillard is kind of hot, in a milf way, but she has gone down hill.

Vote 1 for hot pollies !

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How come politics.ie completely missed this?!!!

We need a tribunal..

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@I wish...

The scandal isn't the politicos smoking a joint in college - it's that the same lying b*ards then making it a class B drug the day before the scientific evidence came out in order to appeal to a few Daily Fail readers.

If the young lady was a British politician she would be busy calling for the licencing of mobile phone cameras to 'protect the children'.

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Do not vote for her!

Another politician clearly disconected from her voters and their needs!

"I'm actually surprised that anyone was interested in that photograph."

Clear sign that she hasn't got a clue what really interests her voters!

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Re: OK, fuck Canada

@Andrew: Julia Gillard as a milf?! Natasha Stott Despoja as a hottie? I think being in Canada has warped you somehow :-)

We do have one hot pollie left - a Ms. Kate Ellis, who is the Minister for Youth and Sport: http://www.kateellis.com.au/contact/

I'm off to renew my Irish passport now, think a voting trip may be in order ...

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Hmmmmmmmm.

Makes a change from Esther Rancid.

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