From top: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin; Instructions via Whatsapp to Fine Gael staffers
“How can we trust Micheál Martin on health? He established the HSE.”
“Why should we trust FF? They destroyed the economy.”
“Will Bertie Ahern ever run for the Arás (sic) on the FF ticket?”
“Is the talent there on the FF frontbenchers (sic)? Outside of Micheál Martin and a handful of others you don’t have many household names.
“On housing Darragh O Brien (sic) constantly criticizes (sic) Eoghan Murphys (sic) background – is it right to always play the man and not the ball?”
“Are you feeling the pressure from your own backbenchers?”
“Why should we trust FF on housing?”
“Do FF have a clear, stated policy on personal taxation?”
Above are a series of suggested questions that were sent from Fine Gael’s digital team to party members last Thursday evening via WhatsApp.
Sunday Business Post journalist Hugh O’Connell reported yesterday that the Fine Gael members were instructed to send these questions – or reworded versions of them – into Newstalk during a live interview with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last Friday.
Mr O’Connell reported:
“Leaked WhatsApp messages seen by The Sunday Business Post show that dozens of Fine Gael staff and activists were told by the party’s digital team to reword suggested questions ‘in your own voice’ as ‘we don’t want to make it obvious it’s coming from us’.
“They were also told to avoid using email addresses with either Fine Gael or Young Fine Gael in them.”
Meanwhile, from the vaults…
The Fine Gael online campaign team during the 2011 general election.
Previously: Fine Gael’s Frape Room