Thursday 22 February 2018

Candidate makes official complaint to gardai after election posters row

James Bannon getting a lift off the Garda today, inset left, Paul Hogan, inset right, James Bannon
James Bannon getting a lift off the Garda today, inset left, Paul Hogan, inset right, James Bannon
Sinn Fein's Paul Hogan

Sarah Stack and Deirdre Reynolds

A SINN Fein election candidate has made an official complaint to gardai over allegations Fine Gael rivals removed his leaflets from letter boxes.

Councillor Paul Hogan has accused a canvasser with Fine Gael TD James Bannon of stealing his election leaflets.

The incident is alleged to have happened on Monday night as the pair canvassed in the Creevaghbeg estate in Ballymahon, Co Longford.

Gardai confirmed an investigation is underway.

Mr Bannon denies the allegations.

He also stood by his earlier explanation that a member of his canvassing team was only “reading the leaflet”.

“What happened I think a fella that canvasses with me, he just looked at a leaflet and put it back in, and that was it, and they swarmed on him,” he added.

“What have I to apologise for? Nothing - I have to apologise for nothing,” he added.

Cllr Hogan said he had no choice but to go to gardai at 3.30pm today as he had given Mr Bannon and his team until 3pm today to apologise.

He said he has given gardai the names of at least five witnesses to question who will verify his complaint.

Cllr Hogan also maintained gardai may be bale to bring charges for theft, a more serious count of interfering with letterboxes, or under the electoral act for trying to influence the outcome of an election.

“This has certainly left a bad taste in people’s mouths in the area,” he told the Irish Independent.

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