Further to the Lucan Gazette dirty tricks, Fine Gael politician Cllr John Bailey (top) used a mock-up of the Dun Laoghaire Gazette to promote himself among his constituents, without permission from the newspaper group.
The paper reports
“Cllr Bailey personally delivered a leaflet with a mock-up of the newspaper to the homes of around 300 people.
“The mocked-up version of the paper contained several changes to a story about Amgen and the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire including putting a banner across the story reading Bailey – The Local Man Putting People First.”
“All of the changes put Cllr Bailey in the best possible relief and made it appear that The Gazette brand politically endorsed Cllr Bailey.
Earlier: Headline Grabber Update
Previously: Here’s Lucan At You Kid
Thanks Election Literature
The Herald can reveal that Mr [Tommy] Morris [advisor to Derek Keating, Fine Gael TD, above] entered the local Centra store last Friday and removed dozens of copies of the[Lucan Gazette].
Our pictures show him enter the outlet just before 9am. He lifts a stack of papers and takes them outside, before returning and taking further copies.
He then dumped the papers in a litter bin nearby.
The shop is situated yards from Mr Keating’s home.
And HERE‘s the story he/they tried to lift.
John Horan asks reasonably:
High winds? Or Property tax protest? You decide.
Fine Gael’s campaign video for Helen McEntee, who is contesting the Meath East by-election, caused by the death of Shane McEntee, Helen’s father.
I came across this pic of Fine Gael’s online campaign team during the 2011 election in Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh’s How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland’s Earthquake Election.
In a chapter on the online side of the election, the authors [Matthew Wall and Maria Laura Sudulich] found Fine Gael led the way in using online technologies for their campaign.
They said Fine Gael had over THIRTY volunteers working full time.
However, they couldn’t determine how this activity related to the [party's] performance.
It’ll be like the West Wing, they said.
More on the book here.
You may have heard Fine Gael TD James Bannon‘s Dail speech last night.
Here’s a flava:
One could perhaps call the revelations about Savita’s death coincidental, but the resultant media outbursts and overwrought reactions seem too opportunistic for that. From being a weapon to try to force the Government’s hand, I hope that calm will prevail and that this report will be assessed and viewed in an independent light. However, I am anxious that any legislation should not be rushed through in a knee-jerk reaction to the report, the death of Savita and the other matters that are impacting on it.
Having had major reservations about the timing of the news of Savita’s death, the publication of which came as a shock and surprise to her family, the fact that there is now a question mark over some of the reporting of the facts of the case only serves to add credence to the opportunism of the exposure of this tragic death. I am shocked to read that the sequence of events may have been at least muddled but, at worst, distorted. That what was reported or not reported, whatever way one looks at it, prompted a recent independent inquiry into the death of Savita, was inexcusable.
…We have come a long way in this country since the days when a husband would be told in the same breath that his wife had died and that he had a beautiful baby girl or boy. The reality was often indescribably tragic. A family might already consist of six or more children who would be left without a mother and a grieving husband without a wife. Sense has prevailed and directed our actions. I hope that will continue to be the case.
Breathtaking. I had to remind myself this isn’t Ireland of the 1950s. He explicitly implies that the exposure of Savita’s death was “opportunistic”. Maybe it’s just the way he was ‘braw hup”. He also expresses his admiration for Hillary Clinton in his 2011 campaign video. Now that’s just a tiny bit ironic.
More photos of aborted foetuses sent into the office. This time disguised as a Christmas card to beat the filter.
— Alan Farrell TD (@AlanFarrell) December 7, 2012
From Dublin North TD Alan Farrell (FG).