If we can't see Facebook ads, how can we challenge them?
Online advertising paid for by foreign sources has the potential to undermine debate in our democracy
In the summer of 1994 I found myself somewhere in rural west Limerick, canvassing for my father's failed attempt to get elected to the European parliament.
I canvassed a lady with an English accent, and clothes that marked her out as 'alternative'. She asked about the candidate's opinion on hare coursing, an issue that was current, but not one I knew much about. It didn't come up in our usual haunts in Limerick city. I didn't even know what my father's views were - but I was pretty sure I knew hers.
I exclaimed that I found hare coursing a horrific excuse for a sport, leaving her satisfied.