Updated: 19/02/18 : 06:12:09
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Blaine goes for ‘the gap’ in Sligo Fine Gael

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

THE CABINET was just sitting down to its meeting in Sligo’s Institute of Technology last Friday when stuff came through the postbox.

Not all the local houses got the message delivered but those who did certainly ‘got the message.’ 

“I have recently been appointed by the Fine Gael party as a ‘Local Area Representative for Sligo town.”

There’s more. The message begins: “Let me introduce myself. My name is Blaine Gaffney....”

You couldn’t miss that, even if you never read the four page full-colour glossy. There’s 1, 2, 3 photos of The Man Himself.....and that’s only the front cover.

There are eight photos of The Man Himself to follow; 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Besides, big bold letters gave you ‘the message ‘ already. name of the newsletter is, well, “Blaine GAFFNEY.”

Points noted: There is no printer or publishers name; most political documents are helpful in saying who they are ‘issued by.’

Indeed, that has been been the time-honoured tradition going back to the 1920s.

Those small details often made for cartloads of local history down the road.

The cover of the newsletter

One Named

Points noted: More intriguing though is the section titled ‘working with your team;’ only one Fine Gael councillor is named.

There are TWO Fine Gael councillors in the Sligo Municipal District — the other, Hubert Keaney, is Mayor of Sligo.

 But Fine Gael currently has no seat in Sligo town, a rare event surely.

Filling that particular ‘gap’ was my first reaction to the newsletter last weekend.

But Blaine Gaffney might not have a career in local politics in mind.

Otherwise, why would you omit the name of a potential running mate.

Even if he wasn’t running himself, Cllr Keaney would have a sump of voters and/or which could be so, so, so useful.