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Wednesday 26 April 2017

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

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

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

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.

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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