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This untaxed van parked in a loading bay is 'not a Fianna Fáil campaign vehicle'

The van was snapped in Carlow town yesterday evening.

A VAN SPORTING large posters for the Fianna Fáil candidate in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election was photographed parked in a loading bay and without a valid tax certificate yesterday.

loading bay

A red Ford Transit van, sporting three large posters for Bobby Aylward, was snapped by a reader at around 5.20pm on Castle Street in Carlow town.

Fianna Fáil insisted this morning that the van “is not an official campaign vehicle”. A spokesperson added:

It belongs to one of many supporters throughout the constituency who have requested branding for their vehicles to help support Bobby’s campaign.


The van, which has a Tipperary South registration plate, has stickers for Aylward’s candidacy on both sides and across the back doors.

Its tax certificate is two months out of date:

tax disc

The Fianna Fáil spokesperson said that following this website’s request for comment it has tracked down the owner.

“We are assured that the issue is being dealt with,” they added.

Aylward is among the favourites to take the seat in the by-election, which takes place on 22 May.

The other candidates in the by-election include David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael), Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Féin), Breda Gardner (Independent), Patrick McKee (Renua), Conor MacLiam (Anti-Austerity Alliance), Malcolm Noonan (Green Party), Willie Quinn (Labour), and Adrienne Wallace (People Before Profit).

More from the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election: 

Read: Joan Burton made a new friend today

Defection: Renua poaches Fianna Fail councillor for by-election

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