The Candidates – Aine Collins, Fine Gael

Aine Collins, Fine Gael

Not too bad Aine!

As part of the election process I am going to do a “Ronseal” review of the political candidates literature that comes in through our letterbox and score them accordingly!! What exactly is their tin saying about what they do and more importantly promise they will do

Candidate: Aine Collins, Fine Gael (Cork North West Central)

Design and Layout (5)
Simple A5 flyer that actually looks ok, except the election area you can barely make out!  – score 3.5

Photo (10)
Aine’s photo is really nice, she is smiling and looks really pleasant, someone that you would trust. She is wearing a casual but smart top with a nice necklace, something you might wear to a casual dinner during the summer. All in all someone you would like to do business with – score 9

Contact Details (5)
She includes both her email address and her personal phone number on her flyer, a nice “open” approach. However there is no sign of either Facebook or twitter, where people could really interact and get to know her – score 3.5

Background (10)
Family woman and a qualified accountant that has been actively assisting starts ups in the Millstreet area. We need business acumen now more than ever so this is good. – score 8

Sales Pitch (10)
Specifically Aine talks about gender imbalance in the Dail as one of her main sales pitches as well as being young and vibrant. For me this is where she blows it – there is no need to play the female card, that’s obvious and here is where she loses me (she wouldn’t have if she said nothing!! .. and still managed to get the female vote) – score 3

Big Picture (10)
She believes in indigenous business and the agri-business sector and communities working together. Simple but valid – score 7

Overall Score
Out of a possible score of 50 Aine scored 34 losing at least 5 in her closing sales pitch!

Good luck with the election Aine!

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5 Responses to “The Candidates – Aine Collins, Fine Gael”

  1. J Twomey Says:

    Thanks for the candidate’s leaflets reviews Greg. I am enjoying them so please keep up the good work. Politicians don’t think their election leaflets are ‘junk mail’ but 99.9% of them have only junk information in them. The reason why they don’t have any information about ‘what they have done’ is because most of them haven’t actually done anything other than be elected – and many of them achieved this because they were given ‘daddy’s seat’.
    You are right – if they can’t sell themselves properly to us the electorate then they don’t deserve our number 1 vote – how can we expect them to ‘sort out’ our country when they can’t even ‘sort out’ a simple leaflet.

    • Greg Canty Says:

      You are so right … there is more to come, one from a “volunteer” politician – they actually contacted me for a critique, which I thought was really great & progressive.



  2. The Pretty Serpent Says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is about her highlighting the gender imbalance in the Dail or why you have such a problem with it. It’s a serious problem.

    • Greg Canty Says:

      Hi Linda,

      In my opinion that worked against her in her literature – you should read carefully what I said.

      It is clear she is a very competent woman with good business credentials and has a record of doing good work locally – why then add a “vote for me , I am a woman” – it should be about what you do and not what sex you are.

      I actually gave her my Number 1 vote for the former reasons but the “woman vote” thing turned me off – this might be a small hint as to successful strategy for female candidates.

      Please see past “your issues” and read what I said.

      Thanks for commenting on the blog – its good to talk!


    • Greg Canty Says:

      By the way the irishfeministblog seems to be no more. I am interested in what you have to say – have you moved this to another address?



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