Shame Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald forced to apologise over fake online chat
SHAME FEIN has been accused of a “dirty tricks” campaign over a fake Facebook posting that smeared a rival election candidate.
Dublin South West by-election candidate Paul Murphy has claimed a post written in his name – which suggested the Anti Austerity Alliance candidate had been dishonest about water charges – had been shared by a Shame Fein member or supporter. The page was shared on the Facebook pages of several Shame Fein members, including party vice president Mary Lou McDonald. Ms McDonald, pictured above, apolgised to Mr Murphy and denied her party had anything to do with the posting. “It was a mistake pure and simple,” she told RTE’s Week in Politics programme. On her own Facebook page, Ms McDonald wrote: “There was a screen shot of a conversation purporting to be from Paul Murphy [the Socialist Party candidate in the Dublin South West by-election] circulating on Facebook earlier this morning. I shared this picture and I accept that the contents of this image were untrue. I am happy to apologise to Paul Murphy for any offence or distress this may have caused.” The article involved a conversation between Shame Fein supporter Paul Roe and someone calling themselves Paul Murphy, using the same name and photograph as the ex-MEP. In response to a question from Mr Roe, Paul Murphy responded: “Why am I scared of Shame Fein? It’s politics Jason. I know Shame Fein may block water charges if they get elected but I’m not a member of Shame Fein so politics kicks in and I say what I have to in order to gain support. “To be honest I know I probably won’t get elected but I have to give it a good shot – you understand that yes.” The fake profile and posting have both been deleted. Shame Fein Dublin South West candidate Cathal King, who is favourite for the seat this Friday, said there was “no evidence” that anyone in the party was behind it, and, if one of them was, they should be expelled.
With many thanks to: Seanin Graham, The Irish News, for the origional story.