Sinn Féin candidate complains to gardaí over election material tampering
Fine Gael’s James Bannon calls incident with canvas team a ‘misunderstanding’
Fine Gael’s James Bannon: Accused of tampering with Sinn Féin candidate Paul Hogan’s election material
A Sinn Féin general election candidate has made an official complaint to gardaí alleging a Fine Gael TD tampered with his election material.
Mr Hogan said he sought an apology from the Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath and the material returned.
However, he said Mr Bannon has refused to comply and a complaint has since been lodged with an the Garda.
Election teams from both parties were canvassing in Ballymahon, Co Longford, on Monday.
Mr Bannon had claimed it was a misunderstanding involving one of his election team.
A photograph was circulated showing Mr Bannon sitting inside a Garda car. He said he sat inside merely to clarify the situation on behalf of the member of his team.
“I was not in the immediate vicinity, but I understand a member of my canvass team was reading a leaflet and immediately replaced it.
“It was a simple misunderstanding. When a Garda car arrived after a period of time, I sat in voluntarily to clarify the situation,” he said.