Kathy Sheridan: Meet the Irish party that is happy to follow Farage's lead
Embryonic grouping is raising cash to run candidates in European elections
Our newest party has already splashed an estimated €40,000 on a big billboard campaign. That’s just an industry guess because the Irish Freedom Party (IFP), while urging us all to “take back control”, is not saying. The money, according to a spokesman, was provided by “generous and patriotic members of the IFP alone”. So, since the IFP has yet to be registered, this is an outfit raising unknown quantities of cash from unknown sources to run candidates in democratic European elections.
Last month, it emerged that one of its candidates – a 72-year-old retired nurse, allegedly – appeared not to actually exist and a photograph carried on its website was a stock image. The group explained that a profile on the website was created as an “internal example” and the press release had been sent to local papers by someone as a “political prank”.