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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Fianna Fail use false claims to justify anti-fake news bill

James Lawless Fianna Fail TD has initiated a bill related to online advertising and multiple accounts transparency. Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017 6th December 2017.

3 (2) Online political advertising shall not be paid for from monies provided out of the
Central Fund or the growing produce thereof or from monies voted by the Oireachtas.

There are other questions about this and bill which I may write about later but Fianna Fail have said this part of the bill was aimed at the governments use of Strategic Communications Unit's advertising.

12 December 2017 James Lawless held a press conference for the bill with Niamh Smith TD in which (at 7:50) he said,
"we haven’t yet seen any Independent ministers featuring in the adverts, which I think is interesting"


The Rugby World Cup bid ad featuring Independent TD Minister Tourism and Sport, which was produced by the SCU (2017-11-14).

Ireland at its Best - Rugby World Cup Bid #Ireland2023 Sep 23, 2017

Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017 13 December 2017
Thomas Byrne: Deputy Lawless's Bill seeks to target bots, which I have dealt with in what I have already said, but also the strategic communications unit, which is an absolute disgrace. Let us be clear that the Minister, Deputy Naughten, is not getting a slice of the advertising pie because he is not in Fine Gael. The broad shoulders of Fine Gael have elbowed into all these paid ads. The latest one, promoting Deputy Leo Varadkar and Deputy Paschal Donohoe in his own constituency, had 400,000 viewers and was paid for entirely by all the taxpayers of Ireland. This is wrong and should be illegal. I have already put it to my party that we should introduce legislation to ban any Oireachtas Member from appearing in paid advertising by Government Departments unless it is required by law, such as in the case of a signature on an official order. I refer primarily to Ministers because they are the only ones to have done this so far. It is utterly wrong and disgraceful that the €5 million from the strategic communications unit, SCU, is being turned into paid Facebook ads for Fine Gael and the Minister, Deputy Naughten, should be clear that they are only for Fine Gael Members. While Dublin traffic was at a standstill on Monday morning because of the Luas works, a Facebook video promoting Deputies Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe and the Luas was on air for well over 24 hours.

Why doesn't he mention Independent TD and Minister for Transport Shane Ross who is in the video?


Luas Cross City Launches Dec 9, 2017 Merrionstreet.ie Twitter vesion

Thomas Byrne must also have seen the Rugby World Cup ad he asked a parliamentary Question about it on 28th November 2017.


Why are Fianna Fail TDs making false claims about who appear in the video/ads?

I asked them multiple times and they won't reply.

If you were going to criticise the Strategic Communication Unit in the midst of an anti-fake news bill would you not want to do it on an accurate basis?

Why is media repeating these claims without checking them.*

I asked them multiple times and they won't reply.

The only thing I can think of that there are shorter versions of the videos for the social media ads that don't feature Shane Ross? I asked Merrionstreet if this is the case.

Links*
Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless wants legislation to crack down on fake Twitter bots Elaine Loughlin Irish Examiner December 13, 2017
"we haven’t yet seen any Independent ministers featuring in the adverts, which I think is interesting"

“If the same thing was done on radio it would actually be illegal under Section 38 of the Broadcasting Acts”
Which section 38 of which Broadcating Act? Section 38 of the 2009 and consolidated Broadcasting Acts don't seem relevant.

James Lawless TD told me he was refferring to Section 41(3) of the Broadcasting Act, 2009 not section 38.
(3) A broadcaster shall not broadcast an advertisement which is directed towards a political end or which has any relation to an industrial dispute.
Update: now stealth corrected :/ now what about his other claim about no Independent Ministers being featured?
Fianna Fáil proposes new law to regulate political advertising Sarah Bardon Irish Times December 12th 2017
Mr Lawless said the unit was promoting individual Ministers but not Independent Ministers.

Based on politics.ie thread

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Election candidates who put TD on their poster after the dissolution of the Dail

Many political candidates use the suffix TD after their name on posters even though posters are only allowed to put up after the disollution of the Dail when they are no longer TDs.

No authority wants to regulate this.


via irishelectionliterature.com


Lobbying Register

When an election is called, TDs cease to be TDs

No mention of it in the Dissolution guidelines.

No mention of it in electoral law, Electoral Act 1992

No mention of it in the Standard in Public office commission election guidelines.

SIPO told me its nothing to do with them. The oireachtas Commission didn't respond to my queries on it.

House of Oireachtas Commission refers to them as 'Outgoing Deputies' in an old Use of facilities guideline.


There are laws about lying about a candidate during an election but no about candidates lying.

This post is based on politics.ie thread