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Come on Nigel Nigel Farage tricked into using another popular Republican slogan in new video

'They want to wish you a very happy 71st birthday and they’re looking forward to seeing you and some of the old team at Tiocfaidh ár lá’s in Brighton'


Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been tricked again into saying a popular Republican slogan in one of his Cameo videos. 

The politician, who charges just over 100 euro to record video clips where he reads out birthday messages and greetings, was set up into saying ‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’, which is the Republican slogan “our day will come”.

The pranksters had Mr Farage address the message to a Gerard, which is the full first name of former Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams and refer to Brighton, where an IRA bomb targeted British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and her Conservative Party colleagues in 1984.

Mr Farage, who has said he was hoaxed into ending a paid-for birthday greeting with the saying “up the RA” recently, makes another faux pas in the new video.

“Well hello Gerard, it’s Nigel Farage here,” he says. “Well, Con and Mag have been on to me because they want to wish you a very happy 71st birthday and they’re looking forward to seeing you and some of the old team at Tiocfaidh ár lá’s in Brighton.

“I’ve had the full story. You were the team leader there for many years. They now want to wish you a belated, because we kind of missed it by a couple of days, but a belated 71st birthday.

“And they hope you’re having a very happy retirement, as do I, Gerard. Enjoy.”

The Cameo site and app allows fans to pay for personalised video messages, with more than 30,000 celebrities available to choose from on the platform.

Mr Farage has said that he rejects any unsuitable messages but that one sometimes slips through the screening process.

He used the republican slogan ‘up the Ra’ after a friend had paid for Farage to post a clip wishing a Waterford man a happy birthday, as he turned 33 on Sunday.

In the 25-second recording, Farage said: “This message is for Brian, Brexiteer, and I hope you have a great birthday.

“This comes from your good friend.... Now, it’s a bit early in the day so all I’ve got actually is coffee but I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight. Up the ‘RA!”

Mr Farage said: "I do a large number of Cameo messages and always reject those that are unsuitable, but the odd one can slip through the net. It did not occur to me that this particular request was a hoax and any suggestion to the contrary is absurd.”

The GB News presenter’s press officer said Mr Farage “probably didn’t know” the meaning behind the phrase “Up the ‘RA” when he shouted it in the video.

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When asked if Mr Farage knew the implications of the expression, his Press aide Daniel Jukes said: “I imagine he probably didn’t, otherwise he wouldn’t have said something like that, would he?”

The Waterford man, who now lives in the UK, posted the video onto his Facebook page, writing: “Quite possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten.” The post attracted many comments from people wondering if the clip was real and sharing disbelief that Farage had actually uttered the slogan.

The clip has since been reshared across various social media sites, including Twitter, where it was posted by a user with an accompanying statement suggesting Farage is “not getting an invite” to TUV leader Jim Allister’s Christmas party.

It has been viewed on Twitter more than 60,000 times, with one user stating: “The IRA would probably say ‘Up Farage!’, because he’s done more harm to the UK than they managed.”

Another wrote: “Never knew Farage was an Irish republican” and many commented on the bizarreness of the clip in general.

On the blogging site Reddit, a user with the screen name ‘figelnarage’ wrote: “Of course big Nige knows what “up the ‘RA” means. “He was married to an Irish woman and was an MEP for 20 years. Come on guys and girls. He’s doing these videos for the money and he has the last laugh.”

Another wrote: “I tried to see it from a few sides and thought, would I laugh if he’d have said ‘Up the UVF’? And, yes. Yes I would.”

“He sold something like 14 tickets to his recent attempted tour in the US,” said a different blogger, in response to a separate comment that said Farage “must be desperate for money”.

The first date of the ‘America’s Comeback Tour feat. Nigel Farage’ tour this year was in fact reported to have attracted only 21 attendees, six of whom were members of his own team.

Former UKIP leader Farage, who led Reform UK (the renamed Brexit Party) from 2019 to 2021, now hosts his own self-named evening show on GB News from Monday to Thursday.

Farage told MailOnline: “If I saw ‘Up the ’Ra!’ I would have looked at that as something very innocent, and wouldn’t have even known there was an implication to it.

“A lot of messages that I get are friends sending each other messages with their own little jokes or their own little words, which I have to judge – and of course I reject some if they are crude or offensive.”

Asked if he would read out a message if he knew it supported the IRA, Farage replied, “Are you joking? I had a face-to-face death threat from them.”

Farage, who says he joined Cameo to “connect with people from all over the world in a more personal way”, has 4,000 fans and a five-star rating on the platform, based on 548 reviews.

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