This has been reasonably well covered in the Irish Blogoshpere, and the whistle was blown by iamsteph, but I thought the rest of you would like to know about it too.
Fine Gael (Feena Gail) is the largest opposition party in Ireland. There will soon there be Local Elections here and all the Political Parties are launching new looks and websites to attract votes. Nearly all parties have been “inspired” by Obama’s success and have been trying to emulate it in some way- well Fine Gael thought that ripping off a very well known Media site was the way to go.
An email went out on Thursday April 16th from Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael to the Party’s supporters:
“Having an online presence is now fundamental to success in Irish politics and as the country enters into election season Fine Gael is going live tomorrow (Friday) with its new internally designed and created website.”
Well Mr Kenny, it looks very familiar!
While visually the rip is pretty obvious- the kicker is that on the day before launch we could see that their developers didn’t even bother to change the class names in the CSS files. Now, since the tale was told, it seems the class names and IDs of pretty much all elements have been changed in the source HTML & CSS, but so far not all were.
Take a look here to see the similarities in the code the day before launch.
Its all a little fishy- look what happended when Irish Stu overlayed one element from BBC and one from FG’s site
Fine Gael have clearly violated the terms of BBC.co.uk ‘s site, but they insist no rip has occured… I really hopethey get a good slap for this one!
Thanks to Mamanpoulet for tip-off