Tuesday 23 January 2018

How bullying RTÉ worked for Sinn Féin at the last election, so the party is at it again

A report on election coverage shows Sinn Féin tactics in action, says Fionnán Sheahan

A new study reveals RTÉ was hit by “a campaign orchestrated by Sinn Féin supporters” claiming the party was being under-represented. Stock Image Photo: Getty Images
A new study reveals RTÉ was hit by “a campaign orchestrated by Sinn Féin supporters” claiming the party was being under-represented. Stock Image Photo: Getty Images

Fionnán Sheahan

The Shinnerbots is the nickname for the throngs of Sinn Féin supporters who seem to have little else to do but spend their days on social media criticising anybody who questions the party.

Many of the keyboard warriors are pathetically anonymous. Even with the distance of the internet, they won't identify themselves.

To be fair, the party, often described by its opponents as a "cult", has no shortage of activists happy to fly the flag.

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