Tuesday 25 October 2016

Fianna Fáil campaign rocked in Tipperary by mystery fake message

Published 26/02/2016 | 22:14

Jackie Cahill
Jackie Cahill

Fianna Fáil's campaign in Tipperary has been rocked by a controversial fake message sent out to party members urging them to vote for one candidate.

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The source of the text is unknown.

The party has three candidates in the area: Michael Smith Jnr, Jackie Cahill and Siobhan Ambrose.

But the mystery message told party members tonight to vote for Mr Cahill.

The message was sent out just after 7:30pm to party members saying: "At this stage of the evening for tactical reasons, in this area, please vote 1 JACKIE CAHILL. Continue for S Ambrose & M Smith. Vote Jackie 1. Vote FF."

But another message was sent 50 minutes later, rejecting the assertion: "All members please note a recent text message sent out with the banner of FFelection was NOT from or authorised by Tipperary Fianna Fail Organisation and should be disregarded Frank Begley Director of Elections (Sorry for confusion)."

Mr Begley's message was also sent out on Facebook.

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