Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fine Gael forced to withdraw Seanad campaign image following complaint from tennis legend Bjorn Borg

The image removed from the Fine Gael Facebook page
The image removed from the Fine Gael Facebook page
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THEY’LL be hoping it doesn’t signal game, set and match against their Seanad abolition campaign – but Fine Gael have been forced to withdraw one of their main online campaign images.

Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg’s management complained to Fine Gael HQ after his image was used in a Facebook campaign supporting Seanad abolition.

 

It has been reported that the Swede’s team complained after his image was used without his consent.

 

The image features a victorious Borg with the words ‘He seems happy – The Swedes got rid of their senate in 1970’.

 

Following complaints from the Swede, the image was deleted from the Fine Gael Facebook page.

 

The image was one of three issued by the party to encourage a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum on October 4th.

 

One of the others shows a great Dane dog, with the other showing New Zealand’s Maori dancers.

 

Denmark abolished its upper house in 1953 following a new constitution brought in after the second World War.

 

New Zealand never had a senate, however it did have a legislative council that was abolished in 1951.

 

It is believed the party will issue an apology on their Facebook page for using the image.

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