Tuesday 12 December 2017

Row as election candidate accuses rival of poster sabotage

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The local election race in one town is getting heated after one candidate took to social media to accuse another of taking down their posters.

Naoise Ó Cearúil, a Fianna Fáil Candidate for the Maynooth Area, posted a photo to his Facebook page of a man in a high-vis jacket with his hand on one of his posters.

He claimed that the man was a campaign manager for another candidate in the area and added "As a young first time candidate, funding my own campaign, this type of politics is very disappointing."

The image was posted to Facebook and subsequently shared to link-sharing website Reddit, by Reddit account 'oops07' which was 17 hours old.

Reddit user 'MindGeek', who described himself as "an informed local", refuted the allegations, pointing out that candidates had been pre-warned about temporary poster removal to facilitate signage for a 10k race in the area. "That's not what's happening here. That man is an organiser of the recent 10km run in Maynooth and, as... all local candidates were well aware, some of their posters were TEMPORARILY removed for the day of the race to help with the race (directions and adverts) and replaced the day after."

Naoise responded to the claim on his Facebook page, claiming that the photograph was taken the day after posters were restored following the race. "The posters...were restored on Monday. This photo was taken (on Tuesday) and the locations where my posters were now contain posters (of my opponent)."

Ó Cearúil's post has received almost 1,000 shares on Facebook but Reddit users are not as supportive, with one going as far as to call for the removal of all political posters.  "They're a stain on the landscape and don't provide any real information."

Ó Cearúil says the incident "has motivated me even more to win a seat and introduce new politics."

Irish Independent

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