'Cheeky' gay marriage ad won't feature in campaign
Published 04/01/2016 | 02:30
A Labour Party advertisement showing Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams getting married won't make it to the printing presses.
The advert, first revealed in the 'Sunday Independent', sparked outrage within Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, who both accused Joan Burton's party of becoming increasingly desperate.
The poster shows Mr Martin and Mr Adams cutting a wedding cake, while surrounded by 'groomsmen' Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy and Mick Wallace as well as bridesmaid Clare Daly.
The caption reads: "This is one marriage we should vote NO to this year."
Senior Labour Party sources told the Irish Independent last night that the advert was just one of hundreds of ideas "tossed around" for the election.
And after the storm created by its leaking, it is understood the advert will now be shelved and is "unlikely" to feature during the election.
They stress it was only one draft of several adverts which had the potential to create "a serious point in a light-hearted way".
While Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin hit out at Labour for "negative campaigning", Fine Gael's director of elections Brian Hayes described it as "cheeky but funny".