Dodds Campaign goes on tour, to Letterkenny?

Just got an email from one of the guys with the Donal Cullen council election campaign in Donegal, who happened to be driving past the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny late last night:

I spotted, on a pole, no less than an election poster for… Diane Dodds. Yes indeed I kid you not. Fully decorated in red, white and blue, with Union flag and ‘DUP’ in full view. You can imagine my confused brain trying to figure it out. I’m just sorry didnt take a photo.

Is this a belated attempt to reintegrate the lost ‘national’ territory into the ‘wee six? Or a Unionist wag with a wry sense of humour… Gone are the days it seems when most self respecting would cross the border and risk the possibility of inadvertently giving their good, hard earned cash to ‘the Free State’…Keep tuned to the Shaun Doherty on Highland Radio for any ensuing local controversy….

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  • Is this a belated attempt to reintegrate the lost ‘national’ territory into the ‘wee six? Or a Unionist wag with a wry sense of humour …

    Or, much more likely, someone having a bit of fun with a ‘liberated’ poster.

  • The “U” in DUP is for Ulster, makes perfect sense to be smashing Sinn Fein in all 9 counties.

  • … makes perfect sense to be smashing Sinn Fein in all 9 counties.

    Kinda hard if they’re not standing in three of them, though.

  • … makes perfect sense to be smashing Sinn Fein in all 9 counties.

    Kinda hard if they’re not standing in three of them, though.

  • Talk about irredentist claims!

  • It’ll be kinda hard even in the 6 they’re standing in but that hasn’t stopped them.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Mrs Deputy Dodsy probably more popular that the local Warriors of Destiny, Corruption and Unregulated Free mareketry.

  • Mr J.

    Maybe they are just trying to remind the South that ‘they haven’t gone away, you know.’

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    I lived in Christchurch in Dublin when the Daniel Day Lewis film ‘The Boxer’ was being filmed. I rememember making my way past City Hall and walking into an RUC patrol. Normally I might have guessed what was happening, but I had drink taken. ‘Twas a confusing moment – the RUC men all had Dublin accents.

  • Scamallach

    She’s just getting in some early practice at campaigning on an all-Ireland basis, clearly knows something about reunification that we don’t. Well done Diane, very pro-active.

  • eranu

    but isnt Donegal really more part of Northern Ireland than it is of the way distant south? 🙂

  • BonarLaw

    obviously going for the ex-pat vote 😉

  • Seceder

    Alternatively it just proves the “New” DUP haven’t a clue – they don’t even know where they are no mind, where they’re going!

  • It’s all very well yappin on about a united ireland when really we should be looking at repairing a broken ulster first and foremost…

    Well done that woman!

  • Modernist

    Any chance of a podcast of the show

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    but isnt Donegal really more part of Northern Ireland than it is of the way distant south? 🙂
    Posted by eranu on May 12, 2009 @ 03:52 PM

    Fair enough, a good few southerners would see the three ulster counties as northern in many ways, they have northern accents and after all they are part of Ulster (40% of Ulster’s landmass is in the South). It is amusing to hear about the DUP poster in Donegal, I must tell my friends from Donegal who live down here about it, they’ll have a chuckle I’m sure.
    Sure wasn’t John Taylor quoted in Toby Harnden’s book “Bandit Country” about South Armagh, saying that maybe the North could give South Armagh to the South and in turn take somewhere far nicer like Letterkenny and the surrounding areas as part of the North. Funny old game saint!

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    Letterkenny nice? You’re havin’ a laugh mate. Try walking through it on a Saturday night.

  • Oh yeah, Donegal is by far the nicest of the nine Ulster counties for beautiful scenery and all that, so the south did get the cream of the crop in 1922 😉

  • Silverline

    Sorry Mike but you are well known to dislike to DUP and I just dont belive your blog, it is just like the blog you said the DUP walked out over the swine Flu debate it is not true

  • living it up

    Only Donegal and Monaghan people have “northern” accents…Cavan people have southern tongues….nor does west Donegal speak ‘northern’, only the East. Around Gweedore they speak in a pure Glaswegian accent when speaking English. All a wee bit strange though given that Monaghan wasn’t planted and Cavan was.

  • living it up [resurrected]

    “Cavan people have southern tongues”

    As do many people in the southern half of Fermanagh

  • PosterSpotter

    Just to clarify – it was I who saw the poster. And I have since been told that it lasted from approx 3.15am when I spotted it, until 8.30am, when it was removed by the donegal county council litter warden above all people!

    Interesting that it remained untouched for 5 hours on the same night that Fine Gael candidates in the area had their posters destroyed.

    Regards from the forgotten county.

  • Union Wag’s and their Union Flags eh!

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    Around Gweedore they speak in a pure Glaswegian accent when speaking English….

    Bollocks.

  • PaddyReilly

    Bollocks

    Which in Oirish is magairle. A Hungarian called Bolacz emigrated to Ireland and someone translated his name for him as Macmagairle, which he started to use without knowing what it really meant.