President of the AILG and Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Luie McEntire with President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the 120th anniversary of the first Co Co elections
It's amazing how the onset of a local election and the sniff of free pizza can draw out local politicians and those looking to replace them on May 24.
That's precisely what unfolded last Sunday afternoon as Pump decided to cash in on the free knosh by attending the opening of a new extension to Longford's Pizza Hut restaurant.
And within seconds of our arrival, the hand of Longford MD Independent candidate Seamus Gallagher was thrust in our direction.
That was followed by the welcoming smile of Fianna Fáil Granard MD candidate Amanda Duffy talking shop with Pump ahead of polling day.
In the distance, a solid looking figure sporting a well worn leather jacket could be seen making a dart our way.
“What are you doing here?,” came the loud cry from a smiling Cllr Paraic Brady.
“I could say the same about you,” replied Pump, somewhat mischeviously.
There would be more mischief-making soon after when Pump cheekily managed to take a sneaky photo of Cathaoirleach Cllr Luie McEntire with Ms Duffy and Cllr Brady (page 30).
It was a shot which drew a wry grin from Cllr McEntire, who steps down after a lifetime in local politics at the end of the month.
Pump thought it was worthy of some free pizza too, but alas, this Cavan man was forced to dig deep into his threadbare pockets.
Pump is a broken man this week.