DAYS out from the local elections and Labour’s Frank Daly has come up with the ideal way to reach the floating voter - by launching a campaign raft into the Shannon.
Mr Daly, a candidate in Limerick City North, conceded the move was partly a homage to his political inspiration, the late Jim Kemmy, who pulled a similar stunt in 1977 before the harbourmaster warned him to remove the raft as a potential risk to navigation.
“I don’t have the biggest of budgets and I was trying to think outside the box. I’m working extremely hard and I was thinking what could I do that could show people I’m resourceful.”
The raft was put together by a carpenter and mounted on barrels before being towed out on to the Shannon by a boatman at Poor Man’s Kilkee on Sunday morning.
Asked if he had been contacted by the City Council, Waterways Ireland or Shannon Foynes Port Company, Mr Daly said “nothing as of yet and hopefully not”.
He has no fears that the raft could pose a risk to traffic on the river.
“It’s perfect; executed by a professional,” he said.
While the polls predict Labour candidates may need a lifeboat come this Saturday, Mr Daly is being tipped by some to take a surprise seat on the council.
“I have a gut feeling I am going quite well and something like this might show people I can organise things, that I’m an innovative guy who can think outside of the box. That’s the kind of person that’s needed on the council. And of course Jim Kemmy was a hero of mine so I draw great inspiration from him. It was inspired by Big Jim,” said Mr Daly.