Thursday 22 February 2018

Fine Gael criticised for 'character assassination'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photo: Caroline Quinn
Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photo: Caroline Quinn
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Negative campaigning by Fine Gael on social media is being criticised after the Taoiseach said he has never attacked opponents.

Mr Kenny claimed yesterday he did not want to go down the route of getting personal with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

"I am 40 years at this. I have never gotten personal," said Mr Kenny.

However, Fianna Fáil's Tipperary candidate Michael Smith criticised Fine Gael after his face was used online by Mr Kenny's party.

"I would respectfully suggest that whoever is responsible should desist from this character assassination," he said.

Mr Kenny's and Fine Gael's Twitter accounts have been used regularly throughout the campaign to target other TDs and candidates.

Last Thursday, Mr Kenny's account claimed Mr Martin was "not credible", while Fine Gael has repeatedly attacked the opposition online.

Prominent opposition TDs were also portrayed as party animals in a video shared by Fine Gael at the weekend.

Irish Independent

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