Michael Staines
Michael Staines

13.22 5 Feb 2020


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Fianna Fáil social justice spokesperson Willie O'Dea has taken a leap of faith at Limerick’s Thomond Park in a bid for a bounce in the polls.

The Limerick City TD found himself on the roof of the famous rugby ground after accepting a challenge from Newstalk reporter Henry McKean.

The challenge saw him abseiling nearly 140 feet from the stadium summit to the ground below.

There was a nervy moment as the TD admitted he doesn’t “have a great head for heights” while staff strapped him into his safety gear; however, after a sticky moment halfway down, he made it to safety.

“It has been a great experience,” he said.

“I mean it is something that I have never done before, I am a bit nervous about heights – perhaps less nervous now than I used to be in the past.

“I must compliment the people here who organised this and their professionalism. I didn’t really feel like they were going to let me drop at any particular stage and it is an experience anyone who has a fear of heights should have.”

He said he "won’t be coming off a huge height" when the election count gets underway on Sunday – but insisted that he is just hoping to get one of four seats in the Limerick City constituency.

Reporting from Henry McKean.


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