A FINE Gael city councillor has been left incensed after the information leaflet on the upcoming referendum was delivered to his home with a second leaflet, a British UK Independence party pamphlet, advocating a No vote folded up inside it.
Cllr Emmet O’Halloran said the leaflet from the Referendum Commission is supposed to explain the Fiscal Stability Treaty in a fair and unbiased way.
However, he said he was shocked on Saturday when the leaflet was delivered to his home in Turner’s Cross in Cork city.
“I received this important information document with an eight-page pamphlet from the British ‘UK Independence Party’ who are campaigning for a ‘no’ vote.”
“This represents a tangible threat to the democratic process in Ireland,” he said.
“I respect the right of groups to campaign for a ‘No’ vote. However, the feedback from those who are undecided is that they will make their minds up once they have received and read the independent information distributed by the Referendum Commission.
“Both leaflets look similar and I fear some people will be influenced by this mix up,” he added.
In concluding remarks Councillor O’Halloran said, “I have spoken to colleagues from around the country and this seems to be a problem that is being replicated in other parts of the country.
“It is an extremely serious matter and I have written to Referendum Commission lodging a formal complaint”.