Green Party candidate hits out at Facebook for not accepting his Irish-language name for advertisements

A Green Party candidate in the upcoming local elections has hit out at Facebook for not accepting the Irish-language equivalent of his name.

Conan Connolly says his online campaign was rejected because the name he uses on Facebook doesn’t match his driving licence. The Carrickmacross-Castleblayney MD candidate uses his surname in English on official documents but in Irish for social media.

Following suspicions of election interference, Facebook ads in elections now require photo ID to ensure transparency. He has called on the social media giant to rethink their policy and Northern Sound News has contacted Facebook for a statement.