‘We Don’t Want To Make It Obvious It’s Coming From Us’

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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.

Good times.

Previously: Fine Gael’s Frape Room

28 thoughts on “‘We Don’t Want To Make It Obvious It’s Coming From Us’

  1. Fergus the magic postman

    It’s almost as if messages sent over WhatsApp have never been leaked before. As well as not living in the real world, Blueshirts are not very bright.

  2. rotide

    Isn’t this exactly what people are accused of doing on these very pages daily?

    Doesn’t every political party do this?

    Eoin, I’m sure your intimately familiar with this sort of thing

  3. eoin

    What is it Leo said of the political eunuchs last month

    ” Fianna Fáil is a party with no ideas, no policies, no alternatives. I’m sorry Micheál, but hurling from the ditch isn’t a policy, conspiracy theories don’t constitute analysis, and finger wagging isn’t a solution.”

    Now that Brexit is sorta tied down for six months, isn’t now the time for the FFers to stand up for this country to withdraw support from the likes of Murphy and Harris?

  4. Rep

    I would have thought that every party does this. Every rte audience is packed full of fairly obvious plants so one would think this so. If not, they are missing a trick. Does SF not advertise for volunteer media people on their website?

  5. Fergus the magic postman

    Great work with the health and housing Fine Gael. You promised, and along the way said we weren’t being patient enough, but we’re going to have to eat humble pie now, because you’ve only gone and delivered.

    Oh wait. Got that wrong. My mistake. Carry on with your
    ‘we are normal’ PR campaigns, and your image overhauls and your spin politics, and your Kylie chasing, and your dishwasher photo ops. The important thing is how you look. Not the actual issues.

  6. Spaghetti Hoop

    ‘Hi guys’
    Jesus wept.

    Everything else seems pretty normal for a political party on a mission of re-election and to hammer the opposition. Plus FF don’t have any policies. This is so the Thick of It.

      1. Tom

        I enjoy it. It’s good for the party which is good for Ireland. It’s my bit of public service.

        1. millie st murderlark

          There’s not going to be an ominous knock on your door later is there? Because you outed your secret online identity? I admit to being concerned.

          We are clearly all being monitored.

  7. Ron

    What’s really pathetic is that the thick Irish Paddy voters on here will still fall for it.. even though they know it’s all bullpoo. Only the daw daws can change it.

  8. Termagant

    Well sure, it’s underhanded on the part of FG

    But don’t we all want politicians to be asked tricky questions? The kind of questions they’re saying they have the answers to so we should vote for them.
    FF say they have a big fancy housing plan. Is “What is that plan exactly” a tricky question?Either they do have policies, in which case they’ll have answers, or they don’t, and they won’t, we’ll know either way.

    As long as FF retaliate in kind so we can get the low-down on a Fine Gael future it’s not a problem

  9. A Paul in Vista

    These guys are so awesome great to know there are top notch people behind the wheel

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