As polling is now underway for the General Election, journalists and news outlets are traversing the country to get a sense of what's happening in the various constituencies.
Voter turnout appears to be consistent, which confirms that Saturday's alright for voting - but one story, in particular, has captured the political landscape on election day. According to a report by Radio Kerry and subsequently picked up by national media, a woman was ejected from a polling station in Kilgarvan, Kerry.
Woman dressed as celery ejected from Kerry polling station https://t.co/wx2LeOVi4J
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 8, 2020
Sure, that's odd.
But, wait - there's more. The woman, who has not yet been named, was dressed in a celery costume and was there to accost Danny Healy-Rae and other members of the Healy-Rae family. It's understood that the woman was there to protest Danny Healy-Rae's comments about veganism.
Not sure what it says about my relationship with Twitter that the amount of times I've been asked means a statement about this is necessary but: No, I was not the woman at a Kerry polling booth haranguing Danny Healy-Rae while dressed as a stick of celery
— Ciara | Ciaraíoch 🎨 (@Ciaraioch) February 8, 2020
A talking celery stalked Danny Healy Rae at the Kilgarvan polling station this morning and a surgeon fished a wedding ring out of a poll box at a Rathgar polling station, with a car aerial! With #StormCiara on the way, #GeneralElection2020 is serving up the excitement already
— Dr Mary McAuliffe 😷 (@MaryMcAuliffe4) February 8, 2020
So far, however, no one has any photographic proof of this happening, nor is there any kind of video evidence of the incident either. So, we're now placing a public appeal out there to anyone in Kilgarvan who was there and saw this happening.
If you have a video, if you have a photo, we would like to see it. You can tweet it to us, you can message us on Facebook, or you can e-mail it to us.
We need some proof because come on, everyone else wants to see it as well. Kilgarvan, the nation's eyes have turned to you. Get us that photographic proof of a woman in a celery suit standing next to Danny Healy-Rae.
Ireland needs it.
UPDATE - 16.35
PETA UK posted this shortly after our article went live and appears to be the celery woman in question.
PETA’s 'celery' 'stalked' Danny and Michael Healy-Rae this morning to deliver an important message: the climate crisis is real, it’s an emergency and we can fight it by going #vegan!
PETA does not endorse/oppose any candidate/party for public office. pic.twitter.com/r7QEhzqkxp
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) February 8, 2020