Longford-Westmeath TD Joe Flaherty slams 'blatantly untrue' CAB raid claims

Local TD vows to take legal action against social media dissenters

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Longford/Westmeath Fianna Fáil general election candidate Joe Flaherty

Longford/Westmeath TD Joe Flaherty has publicly condemned claims on social media that he has been the target of searches carried out by the Criminal Assets Bureau

Fianna Fáil Longford-Westmeath TD Joe Flaherty has slammed as “blatantly untrue” allegations circulating on social media that he was the subject of a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) raid and vowed to take legal action against anyone making claims to the contrary.

 

Mr Flaherty issued a statement in the wake of a series of social media claims that he had been targeted by CAB as part of an ongoing probe into organised crime in Co Longford.

Taking to his own Facebook page this afternoon, the Lanesboro native said he had been effectively forced into responding to the claims which he said had been circulated to damage his personal and professional reputation. 

“Ordinarily I do not comment on any discussions about me on social media,” he said.

“However there is presently a blatantly untrue allegation being promoted across various social media sites which is clearly designed to discredit me. 

“This is a continuation in a sustained campaign against me.

“I have not, now or ever been   ‘raided by CAB’, either at my office or family home, nor have I had any engagement at any level with the anti crime agency.”

Mr Flaherty’s statement comes over five weeks since a series of searches led by CAB and gardaí coincided in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of euros worth of vehicles, cash and designer clothing.

The Longford based TD said while he appreciated his work as a politician opened himself up to public scrutiny, it did not merit his name and that of his character to be undermined.

“I accept in the course of my political work that I am open to public scrutiny but I cannot stand by and allow my name to be defamed  and my family to be abused and insulted,” he said.

“I fully appreciate the great honour that comes with representing the people of Longford in Dáil Eireann. I have devoted my time and energy to working on behalf of all  people  and will continue to do so notwithstanding the calculated and malicious efforts of others to discredit me.

“Life in the political eye does not give a small section of the  public the right to falsify and peddle malicious and slanderous accusations regarding I, or my family. I will pursue those who persist in the regurgitation of same by all legal and necessary means.”

Mr Flaherty said he would be making no further comment on the matter.