#GE16 and finally they’re off, let the postering begin…

So, it’s finally happened. The Taoiseach has announced the date of the general election in the south…

…Friday February 26 – on Twitter and the phoney war was over – the election campaign is officially over way. Mr Kenny entered the Dáil chamber at 9:32 to make the briefest of statements to announce that it will not sit again until March 10.

This is the first of what should be four big news events for Slugger this year.  The others include the NI (Scottish and Welsh) regional elections, the US general election in the Autumn, and possibly (or possibly not) in the middle of the tumult, a Brexit Referendum.

Johnny will bring us news and gossip from around the constituencies. We’ll have short pieces from campaigners (as much as they are able to give us an unspun sense of what it’s like to hit the doorstep. And of course we’ll have Statler and Waldorf’s authoritative constituency profiles.

Keep an eye out for our GE16 podcasts too. Johnny will be on duty in the southern media whilst David is will be covering the north and we’ll be bringing insight from them and many others together on our rolling live blog on election day.

If you’re involved, do have fun, and keep rolling out them posters…

If not, why not come along with Slugger for the ride?

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