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Candidate: The Diary of An Election Candidate
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Candidate: The Diary of An Election Candidate (Paperback)

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Picture the scene: you're a candidate in the 2007 general election, a Fine Gael hopeful in Cork South-Central. It's a bear pit of a constituency, one of those five-seaters that always frays the nerves. And it's your first time.

Jerry Buttimer, a popular local councillor, was this candidate and while he did not win, he did something unique and unprecedented during the course of the campaign: he kept a diary of the whole thing. From the relentless canvassing and the temporary elations, to the casual humiliations and even the desperate promises.

Fine Gael was hoping to pick up a second seat alongside that already held by Simon Coveney, and Buttimer made a respectable showing. But it's a tough old business, Irish politics, and the second Fine Gael seat went to former TD, Deirdre Clune.

Nevertheless, Candidate gets inside the head and emotions of a politician in a way never done before. In short, it intimately conveys the entire travelling circus that is the Irish political process.

AND there's a happy ending: in July, Jerry Buttimer made it to the Seanad..

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsPolitical campaigning & advertisingHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesElections & referenda Publisher: Gill Publication Date: 13/11/2007 ISBN-13: 9780717142972  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jerry Buttimer is a teacher and director of adult education at Ballincollig Community School and chairman of Bishopstown GAA Club. He is a contributor to RTE Radio Cork and writes a weekly education column in The Cork Independent. Michael Moynihan is a journalist on the Irish Examiner.

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