Eamon Coghlan's appearance on VinB last night was ... Memorable

Fine Gael by-election candidate Eamon Coghlan appeared on Vincent Browne's programme last night as part of a panel of candidates from the Dublin West constituency - and certainly made an impression on viewers.

Coghlan, who is a sitting Senator, started talking about the achievements of the Government, before embarking on an impersonation of a local constituent, leaping out of his chair in the process.

While it's worth watching the full clip, the impersonation of a constituent begins after the 1:00 mark.

The reaction on social media was firmly negative.

Coghlan is a former athlete, three-time Olympian and World Champion middle-distance runner, who was appointed as a Senator by the Taoiseach in 2011, following the general election.

He is contesting the Dublin West seat left vacant by the resignation of Patrick Nulty in March.

The full debate, between all by-election candidates, can be viewed online on TV3's Player.

By Dave Molloy

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