Monday 24 October 2016

Fianna Fail candidate's trailer abandoned at notorious traffic blackspot was ‘moved suspiciously’

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 22/01/2016 | 14:48

The trailer was abandoned in a dangerous position at a notorious black spot
The trailer was abandoned in a dangerous position at a notorious black spot
Aoife Byrne received a phone call from a family member who noticed that it had been disturbed Credit: Fianna Fail

A trailer used for canvassing purposes by Fianna Fail candidate Aoife Byrne was abandoned in a dangerous position at a notorious blackspot, as our photo shows.

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According to a party spokesperson the vehicle was 'suspiciously moved' and left on the busy New Line road in Wexford.

Describing the incident as "sinister" the spokesperson said the vehicle was moved "a little bit down the road" from where it had been "safely" parked on the New Line Road.

Our photograph shows it in a precarious position on the notoriously dangerous stretch of road, directly opposite a solid white line.

Multiple fatal road collisions have taken place on this road in recent years.

"The vehicle in question was suspiciously moved.

"Aoife Byrne got a phonecall from someone who noticed that it had been disturbed by someone.

"It was either a case of people trying to steal it and being interrupted, or something equally sinister.

"When initially parked the trailer complied with all traffic laws," he said.

The spokesman said the matter has not yet been reported to gardai, but said the trailer has now been towed to a safe position.

Commenting on social media, Aoife said that the "high jinks" could have caused a road accident.

"My advertising trailer was moved and abandoned in a dangerous spot on the New Line Road to make it seem my campaign team had no respect for drivers or road safety.

This is not the case," the statement read.

Byrne is the daughter of former Fianna Fáil TD Hugh Byrne, and was chosen to contest the general election in the constituency of Wexford in recent weeks.

She is originally from Fethard on Sea but has have lived in Wexford town for the past 15 years.

Ms Byrne was contacted for further comment regarding the incident but none was forthcoming.

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