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10 times Irish politics was ridiculously petty

Low blows.

1. On December 11, 2009, Irish political discourse hit new, unprecedented levels of pettiness: when this argument in the Dáil sounded like Paul Gogarty and Emmet Stagg were having a barney outside the pub

Source: Damien Mulley/YouTube

2. When the 2016 General Election Wikipedia page was edited to include this line

inserted Source: Wikipedia

Accurate? Yes. Petty? Oh yes.

3. And, from the Leinster House IP address, these Wikipedia edits were made anonymously

4. That time Micheál Martin dropped a piece of paper during the leaders debate and Enda Kenny got one up on him… by pointing at it

5. When this One Direction ad campaign by Labour slightly backfired

6. There have been plenty of accusations of pettiness down the years, but this one probably takes the biscuit

mhr Source: TheJournal.ie

7. High brow guerrilla election tactics on show last year

posterupside Source: Imgur

8. A political landscape where people are not above taking out the permanent marker

9. There’s probably nothing in the world more petty than being scabby about rounds

bartab Source: TheJournal.ie

10. And finally, when the phrase “talking through her fanny” went on the record in the Seanad

Source: Hugh O'Connell/YouTube

The rough and tumble of Irish politics is not for the faint-hearted.

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