A Cork Senator has labelled the possible use of school students to disseminate campaign leaflets as highly unconventional and inappropriate.
Senator Colm Burke (FG) was speaking after screenshots of a text conversation posted to Twitter appeared to claim students in a Cork school were inserting his campaign leaflets into a local newsletter during class.
The tweet has gained more than 100 retweets since it was posted this morning.
The Senator said he has been made aware of the situation.
“This is highly unconventional and inappropriate,” he added.
“I had no prior knowledge of this taking place and I am not in any way connected to the school or the staff member involved.
“Over the course of many years I have advertised with this paper and they have carried my leaflet amongst their distribution, as is common practice,” explained Senator Burke.
“On finding out about this incident I contacted the school and instructed they cease the involvement of their pupils, and I have also followed up with the newspaper to ensure that it never happens again.”