Fine Gael by-election candidate James Geoghegan has admitted that he carried out fake polling for Renua and Lucinda Creighton in 2016
Simon Coveney says he was aware of people in his campaign carrying out polling without disclosing they were from Fine Gael pic.twitter.com/OMAWIDzo98
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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan during the last General Election
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The Green Party has said that in the past some of its activists may have passed themselves off as pollsters to canvass the opinion of voters.
Sinn Féin, accused of the same thing yesterday, defended the practice, saying it was a ‘common political exercise’.
Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil confirmed they had employed a similar practice in the past – although Fianna Fáil discontinued the practice several years before Fine Gael.
Other political parties like, the Labour Party and the Social Democats have denied ever using such a system.