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12 times Irish politicians attempted to get down with the kids

How do you do, fellow young voters?

WE OUT HERE, chasing that youth vote.

1. When Green Party tried their hands at a Dark Kermit meme

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Super relatable!

2. When Richard Boyd Barrett dabbed in the Dáil / YouTube

He did it to highlight the fact that politicians must listen to young people and learn to speak their language. And this is that language:


3. Labour’s One Direction-themed election attack ad


Fair, but they forgot one key piece of information – the group had only four members at that point. A fact that Lucinda Creighton gleefully reminded them of:

4. When Gerry Adams took a selfie with the staff of Vice

Not just down with the kids, but down with the hipster kids. OK Gerry.

5. Sinn Féin’s recent foray into Simpsons memes

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Extremely dank.

6. When Michael Healy-Rae rewrote Shut Up And Dance for his election bid

Michael Healy-Rae TD / YouTube

In his independent way/ He’s been making changes every day
*shot of Michael looking important on the phone*

If you’re unfamiliar with the original song, all you need to know is it spent quite a bit of time on the Irish charts earlier this year. Very popular with the youngsters.

7. When Aengus Ó Snodaigh uttered the word ‘amazeyballs’ in the Dáil

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Look at how much Joan Burton enjoyed that. Look:

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8. When Fidelma Healy Eames was shocked by ‘fraping’ and ‘sexting’

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What about sexting? Where they are texting sexual images?

9. And lamented over teenagers asking for the ‘wiffy code’

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She later claimed she was using the French pronunciation of the word. Oh, OK.

10. When a Fine Gael TD based his campaign video on Back To The Future

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It was taken down from YouTube due to copyright issues, which is almost punk rock in Irish politics.

11. When Mattie McGrath released a country song calling out the haterz

Mattie McGrath TD / YouTube

The haterz being the group of TDs who prank called him from the Dáil bar offering him free pizza. Tell them, Mattie.

12. And this bit of banter from former Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins

Ooh, Rick-rolling! You got us, Lorraine!

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