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Fianna Fail TD claims supporters getting unsolicited phone calls from 'party HQ' urging them to change votes

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 24/02/2016 | 18:39

Newly elected Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward
Newly elected Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward

A FIANNA Fáil TD has claimed his supporters are receiving “unsolicited” phone calls from an individual purporting to be from the party’s head office urging them to switch their votes.

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Carlow/Kilkenny deputy Bobby Aylward has said there has been a “deliberate attempt” to undermine his campaign.

Mr Aylward, who was re-elected to the Dáil in the recent by-election, says the individual has been citing a “fake political poll” before asking people to switch votes to another candidate.

In a statement, the backbencher said Fianna Fáil headquarters has clarified no poll exists.

“Constituents have been receiving unsolicited phone calls from a person claiming to be from Fianna Fáil Headquarters relaying a fabricated message asking them to change their Number One preference away from me due to the result of a fake political poll for Carlow/Kilkenny. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine my campaign to be re-elected,” Mr Aylward said.

“Fianna Fáil Headquarters have clarified that no such poll exists. They have clarified that no phonecalls were made by them instructing members to change their vote preference.

Therefore I am respectfully appealing to the electorate to give me their Number One preference despite any phone call they received to the contrary. I need your support and Number One preference,” he added.

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