Meet the dishy Dail candidates
It takes more than a pretty face to be a successful politician, but it does help when it comes to getting attention.
Independent candidate Dr Roslyn Fuller, a specialist in international law and an advocate for direct digital democracy, has plenty of eye-catching photos to choose from.
Her career as a nude art model and a racy nude calendar to support whistleblowers might brighten up the campaign in Dublin Fingal, where Clare Daly is expected to top the poll.
One calendar pic shows her with her back to camera suggestively pulling her underwear, with the caption: “Turning your back is only sexy in photos.”
Dr Fuller has chosen a demure black and white image for her election leaflet, which she tweeted this week. Sadly, her risqué photos are unlikely to help win a seat in the Dáil.
However, research suggests that looks can play a part in political campaigns, according to media analyst and former government advisor Richard Moore.
“There is no doubt that looks make a difference in the real world. If you went for a job interview there is evidence to show that it’s an advantage if you’re perceived to be better looking than the other candidates,” he told the Sunday World.
There are some candidates whose official photos suggest they could have an edge over rivals.
Castlebar-based barrister Lisa Chambers contested the 2011 general election when she was Fianna Fáil’s youngest candidate.
Although she failed in her bid for the Dáil, she did manage to secure a seat on Mayo Council in 2014 and is looking to build on that platform.
Niamh Kennedy, a member of Donegal county council, topped the poll in the Donegal local electoral area in the 2014.
In a constituency where there are five seats up for grabs, her local election performance suggests the Independent Alliance candidate could get in ahead of sitting TD Peter Pringle.
Another member of the Independent Alliance is Deirdre O’Donovan, who is making her first attempt to secure a seat in the Dáil.
Contesting her first general election, the former journalist ran in the 2014 local elections and won a seat on South Dublin County Council.