Fianna Fáil Director of Elections in the Dublin South West Bye-Election, Seán Fleming TD, has questioned whether bogus social media accounts and bogus allegations is the new Sinn Féin standard approach in elections.
Deputy Fleming was reacting to an apology issued by senior members of Sinn Féin and their Dublin South-West bye-election candidate over the sharing a post on a bogus Facebook account purporting to be from another candidate.
He commented: “It seems as if the new Sinn Féin standard approach in elections is to share and spread bogus accounts and bogus accusations. The latest controversy where senior members of Sinn Féin and their Dublin South West bye-election candidate shared a bogus Facebook account purporting to be from another bye-election candidate is bizarre.
“Sinn Féin claim the bogus account was not created by a party member but the false accusations aiming to smear an election rival is extremely concerning.
“Instead of engaging in dirty tricks, Sinn Féin should fight this election on the real issues.
“During the canvass of the constituency Fianna Fáil’s candidate John Lahart has met many families angry at the way Fine Gael and Labour has gone about introducing water charges. There is no account for ability to pay and the way the legislation was rammed through the Dáil without proper scrutiny has left much of the outlandish spending on consultants go unchecked. These are the issues Fianna Fáil is focusing on and I would urge all parties to concentrate on these rather than engaging in smear campaigns.”