Members of the Fine Gael used business cards from a fake polling company

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Members of Fine Gael used business cards from a non-existent company in the party ballot before 2016, according to The Irish time.

A Fine Gael spokesperson said Thursday evening that all polls from 2016 were carried out by research firms and independent contractors.

However, while the majority of previous polls were conducted by similar groups, the party confirmed that paid or volunteer members also conducted polls in constituencies.

A party spokesperson said: “On occasion they did not correctly identify where they came from, and when asked, some reportedly responded by referring to a non-existent voting company and had supporting business cards.

“It shouldn’t have happened. All survey data was collected in an anonymous format and has not been retained. Unlike other parties, Fine Gael does not have a central database of voters. Fine Gael will fully answer all questions from the Data Protection Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the head of a global research industry body said political parties were in “flagrant violation” of a voluntary code for market research by posing as independent pollsters or politicians. bogus polling companies.

Denature their activities

Irishman Finn Raben, chief executive of the European Opinion and Marketing Research Society, said the revelations that political parties pretended to be independent pollsters while researching the public’s voting intentions were “to say the least disappointing “.

“Although there are mechanisms to reassure the public about the reputation and duty of care of research companies, there does not appear to be any mitigating evidence to justify the choice of political parties to disguise and distort their activities,” said Mr Raben told the Irish Times.

Election literature produced by Sinn Féin in an “Election Toolkit” – a 77-page guide to campaigning ahead of the 2016 general election – shows that the party encouraged volunteers to tell the public that they were working for an election campaign. fake Dublin Irish Market Research Agency company.

The party even produced fake “IMRA” authorization cards in the guide.

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Green Party and Sinn Féin admitted that their party members polled the public during the election while hiding the fact that they worked for a political party.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Fianna Fáil volunteers should not have masqueraded as pollsters and that the practice was neither fair nor appropriate.

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