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Is UKIP testing Irish waters with a Twitter page? 'No, that's not us!'

The party has distanced itself from the @UKIP_Ireland Twitter account.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage enjoying a pint of stout.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage enjoying a pint of stout.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE UK INDEPENDENT Party has distanced itself from a rogue Irish fan page.

@UKIP_Ireland has been active since June of this year when rumours emerged that the party was planning to field a candidate in the Republic.

However, the Twitter account soon lost sight of that.

While it its 46 tweets consists of many retweets from official UKIP accounts, it has also covered issues ranging from the opening of a new coffee shop in Dún Laoghaire, the arrest of Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt, the cancellation of Garth Brooks gigs, and jokes Parkinson’s disease.

But who is behind it?

In response to a query from this website as to the veracity of the account, a spokesperson for UKIP simply said:

Not us!!!

The party has remained silent on subsequent queries on whether an official presence in the 26 counties is planned.

The @UKIP_Ireland Twitter account has also not responded.

UKIP views the Irish as “kith and kin” of British citizens, and are not considered immigrants.

Under the party’s policies for a strict immigrant plan, where it would be controlled using work permits, Irish immigrants to the United Kingdom would be exempt.

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