Is Glenna Lynch an ordinary voter or political plant?
Mother-of-three Stillorgan businesswoman Glenna Lynch has dominated headlines and Twitter trends since her Monday appearence on Frontline, yet does she have her own agenda?
Lynch, who owns an interior decorating business, questioned the business ethics of Sean Gallagher in the Frontline presidential debate and yesterday appeared on Today With Pat Kenny for round two of her kerfuffle with the embattled presidential candidate, before another appearence last night on Tonight With Vincent Browne.
"Who is the businesswoman and what's her background and where does she come from and what party does she belong to?," said Gallagher originally of Glenna's questions, as he himself questioned whether she was a political plant. "Is she in somebody else's campaign team, trying to take down my campaign?"
Ms Lynch has since defended her right to ask questions of the candidate, however, responding: "Does that mean that he thinks that all other women and all ordinary voters don't have an opinion and don't want answers to questions?"I don't want to be shoved into the 'Sinn Fein are trying to get me' pile."
"I have a huge interest in current affairs," she added "A lot of information I would have had was probably picked up in the newspapers." Ms Lynch has also revealed that she has decided to vote for Michael D Higgins in tomorrow's election.
However, over on Twitter, reaction to Glenna's prominence in recent days has been mixed, with some (@VCurrentAffairs) claiming that she is "The investigative reporter Ireland never had" and other (@thespuditron) stating: "This Glenna woman is a definite plant. I know I'm late to the party by the way." The latter argument has been espoused alongside a photo of Glenna holding a supposed dossier on Gallagher in this photo.
Though a relatively late event in the election cycle, Glenna's emergence is reminiscent of the 'Joe the Plumber' media sensation in the US 2008 Presidential Election, in which an 'ordinary Joe' questioned then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's tax plans. In that case, the ordinary citizen became a minor Republican celebrity and even landed a short stint on Fox News.
Informed voter or political plant? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.