Sinn Fein red-faced as leaflets give wrong election date
SINN Fein has been left with egg on its face after it emerged that it printed tens of thousands of leaflets which gave the wrong date for the local elections.
The leaflets, which were prepared to introduce the candidates to the electorate in Meath, have been distributed to some homes, and they wrongly state the local elections take place on Thursday, May 22.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan confirmed that polling day is Friday, May 23. Long-standing Sinn Fein councillor in Meath Joe Reilly confirmed "the leaflets were printed before the date was released but the 22nd had been the strongly rumoured date at the time".
"They were printed on the basis that it was going to be the 22nd. We had hoped for an all island (polling) day and the date of the 22nd was on those initial leaflets from the candidates. We couldn't wait for Big Phil," Cllr Reilly said.
Sinn Fein has a number of candidates that have not stood in previous elections, and professional photographs and biographies are included in the leaflets.
They were distributed to homes in Co Meath and feature the candidates from each of the six electoral areas.
All but one candidate has the incorrect date beside their biographical information. Cllr Reilly said 14,000 were printed in Navan and at least 8,000 for each of the other electoral areas.