Tuesday 27 September 2016

Sinn Féin throws media off its campaign tour bus

John Brennan

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

While Sinn Féin had indicated up until this week that it would provide spaces on its coach, officials made a last-minute decision not to give media access to Gerry Adams and others while in transit. Photo: Tom Burke
While Sinn Féin had indicated up until this week that it would provide spaces on its coach, officials made a last-minute decision not to give media access to Gerry Adams and others while in transit. Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Féin has decided against allowing members of the media travel on board its campaign bus as it tours the country ahead of the General Election.

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Traditionally the main parties have provided transport for reporters covering the leaders' tours.

And while Sinn Féin had indicated up until this week that it would provide spaces on its coach, officials made a last-minute decision not to give media access to Gerry Adams and others while in transit.

The party said this was "because there will be meetings and work ongoing on the bus that are internal".

Fianna Fáil had informed newsrooms before the campaign began that they would not be in a position to offer transport on this occasion, while Fine Gael and the Labour Party are.

Sinn Féin launched its campaign bus at the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght on Monday afternoon, with Mr Adams present.

He boarded the yellow bus outside the Square after meeting constituents.

It then made its way to Ballyfermot for Mr Adams for a walkabout with Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

However, the nationwide tour officially began yesterday after the party launched its manifesto in Dublin.

The bus left Dublin for Sligo where Mr Adams attended a number of events last night. He is due to canvass in Mayo and Roscommon today.

Irish Independent

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