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Fianna Fáil TD Says Members Of His Party Should Resign For Involvement In Polling Controversy.

File image: Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin/RollingNews

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Fein, Fine Gael and the Greens have admitted party activists posed as market researchers to carry out polling.

A Fianna Fáil TD's calling for members of his own party to resign for their involvement in a polling controversy.

Fianna Fáil last night admitted party activists posed as market researchers to carry out polling, prior to 2007.

Sinn Féin and Fine Gael have both admitted to a similar practice - but say it has also ended.

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry says his own party needs to take immediate action against its members.


Political analyst Odhran Flynn says the practice was widespread in the past.

The Taoiseach says the polling controversy was wrong and shouldn’t have happened.

The Greens are the latest party to admit doing it but say they were isolated incidences.

Micheal Martin says he doesn’t know if any laws were broken but says it was dispensed with a long time ago.

Political parties have been asked to explain where they get their voter information by the Data Protection Commissioner.

Our Political Correspondent Seán Defoe reports:

The Fine Gael by-election candidate in Dublin Bay South has admitted he carried out polling for Renua without telling voters he was from a political party.

James Geoghegan says no-one asked on the doors who he was representing when doing the polling in 2016.

It comes as the four largest political parties in the country have all admitted to ringing people pretending to be pollsters instead of politicians.

Managing Director of Data Privacy Company Castlebridge, Darragh O Brien, says the parties could face large fines in theory:
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