Thursday 19 October 2017

Advertising watchdog probes SF's 1916 expo

Images of IRA hunger strikers on display as part of Revolution 1916 in the Ambassador theatre in Dublin. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Images of IRA hunger strikers on display as part of Revolution 1916 in the Ambassador theatre in Dublin. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Advertising watchdogs are probing Sinn Fein's controversial 1916 Rising exhibition at Dublin's Ambassador Theatre.

A complaint was lodged with the Advertising Standards Association of Ireland (ASAI) after Sinn Fein blitzed the airwaves to promote the party's Revolution 1916 showcase last week.

It is understood the complaint centres on Sinn Fein's failure to mention that the party is behind the exhibition on any billboard or radio advertisements for the event.

Sinn Fein claims it is not behind the event, which links the 1916 volunteers with the plight of the IRA hunger strikers, but rather it is run by a not-for-profit company.

However, Ireland 1916 Commemorations Ltd's address, phone number and email are all linked to Sinn Fein's headquarters on Parnell Street in Dublin City Centre.

One of the company's two directors Treasa Quinn, a prominent Sinn Fein figure, is also a director of the party's merchandising and publication firms.

And in March last year, Sinn Fein's press office released a statement announcing ticket sales for the event.

Last night, Sinn Fein admitted the party is "supportive" of the exhibition and confirmed members are involved in the event but still insisted it was run by a separate company.

A spokesman said it would deal with the complaint through "proper channels".

An ASAI spokewoman said: "A complaint has been received regarding Sinn Fein's exhibition and will be assessed in line with our normal processes."

Sunday Independent

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