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Image of Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as gay couple is not an official campaign poster - Labour

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Image of Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as gay couple is not an official campaign poster - Labour

An image portraying Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as a gay couple in what appears to be a Labour Party advert 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.

The election ad raises the possibility of a Sinn Fein/Fianna Fail government and presenting the Coalition as the only alternative.

The advertisement shows Mr Adams and Mr Martin on the plinth outside Leinster House, cutting a wedding cake, and comes with a warning to voters that "this is one marriage we should vote NO to this year", before adding: "Vote Labour for a stable and balanced Government."

The image also features left-wing TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Mick Wallace and Clare Daly as the wedding party.

The Labour/Fine Gael Government is continually telling voters that the forthcoming election is a choice between the stability of the current Coalition and chaos under Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail.

However,there has been a backlash on social media with Colm Keaveney TD tweeting: ‘As a dad raising teenage boys to challenge homophobic remarks this puerile politicking is unacceptable.’