Irexit President explains 'fake candidate' on website as a "place filler"

The President of the Irexit Freedom party in Ireland has explained the presence of a fake election candidate's place on their website as a "placeholder", after refusing comment on the connection yesterday.

In a rather strange piece of news this week, a number of local newspapers in Killarney were duped with a 'fake' story, telling them that a candidate for the Irexit Party (which hopes to see Ireland leave the EU) was running in local elections.

The papers, which included the Killarney Advertiser and Killarney Today, published the piece in error after some oversight and a lapse in judgment, with both papers citing the fact that the email they received linked to a matching page on the Irexit website as a reason why the story was trusted.

Both publications pulled the story from their online platforms after it emerged that 'Mairead Donovan' was not a real person, with the image sent out being one pulled from a stock image website of 'older woman with walking stick', and the information within bring completely fabricated.

irexit A screenshot of the webpage on Irexit's website, which has since been taken down.

As the email both publications received came from a Gmail address, the originator of this fake news is still unclear.

Irexit President Hermann Kelly, speaking to Buzz.ie yesterday, said that they were not behind the story, telling us"This story is utterly fake news. Irexit Freedom Party have not nominated anybody in local elections in Kerry."

What the group did not respond to on multiple requests, was why there was a working link in the email to a corresponding page on the Irexit website, accompanied by the same fake image of 'Mairead'.

irexit (2016): Ukip spokesman Hermann Kelly, speaks to the media outside the Hopital De Hautepierre in Strasbourg, France

Responding the published piece on Buzz.ie today, Mr Hermann Kelly addressed the now-deleted page on the Irexit website.

Kelly said that as the Irexit website is new, it was common practice to fill the website with 'place filler' pages.

"The web designer was asked to remove example place filler before new site went live but forgot to do so. This was a genuine oversight."

Kelly maintained speaking to us yesterday that the rumour that the news came from the Irexit Freedom party directly was "propagated on Twitter".