Labour criticised after leaked draft ad shows Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as married couple

The Irish Labour Party has reportedly drafted an election ad that shows Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as a gay couple.

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According to the Sunday Independent, the photo of the pair on their wedding day carries the tag line – ‘This is one marriage we should vote NO to this year’.

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They are shown surrounded by other Opposition TDs Mick Wallace, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly and Richard Boyd Barrett.

The paper claims the ad, which would be used to run in the lead up to the General Election if accepted by the party, is aimed at stoking fears over the possibility of a Sinn Féin/Fianna Fáil coalition – as well as reminding voters of Labour’s role in the successful same-sex marriage referendum.

The Sunday Independent says the advertisement is “currently a draft and has not been commissioned to run in any publication”.

Former senior political adviser, Gerard Howlin, says if the ad is used it could draw criticism for negative campaigning.


Image portraying Adams and Martin as gay couple ‘drafted but not commissioned’ by Labour Party, reports.

An image portraying Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as a gay couple is not an official campaign poster, a spokesman has said.

The draft poster “was not approved by any unit of the Labour Party”, according to Labour Cllr Dermot Lacey.

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