Nigel Farage is duped into reading out pro-Irish Republican message

‘It looked very innocent’: Nigel Farage is duped into giving pro-Irish Republican ‘up the RA’ message in request for Cameo video

  • Brian Ó Céileachair was sent a birthday video message made by Nigel Farage
  • The short Cameo clip included the ex-politician saluting and saying ‘up the RA’
  • The slang phrase is supportive message for the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • When asked about the message Mr Farage said he thought it was ‘something very innocent’

Nigel Farage has been conned into reading a greeting supporting the IRA by jokers who targeted him on a personalised video message site. 

The former politician is seen raising his drink and saying ‘up the RA’ in a clip on the Cameo video-sharing platform.

The message was sent to Brian Ó Céileachair after his friend Aidan Hart paid £73 for Mr Farage to read out a congratulatory birthday greeting.

‘This message is for Brian Ó Céileachair, brexiteer,’ Mr Farage says in the short clip.

Nigel Farage has been conned into reading a greeting supporting the IRA by jokers who targeted him on a personalised video message site

‘I hope you have a great birthday and this comes from your good friend Aidan,’ he continues before raising a cup of coffee to give a toast.

‘Now, it’s a bit early in the day so all I’ve got actually is coffee, but I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight.’

He then says ‘up the RA!’ before taking a sip. 

The phrase is known to be one of ‘support or encouragement of the Provisional Irish Republican Army’, although it is not widely used. 

The former politician is seen raising his drink and saying ‘up the RA’ in a clip on the Cameo video-sharing platform

When approached about the video, Mr Farage told MailOnline: ‘If I saw ‘up the RA’ I would have looked at that as something very innocent, and wouldn’t have even known there was an implication to it’

Mr O Céileachair, from Ireland, posted the video on social media, writing: ‘Quite possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten courtesy of Aidan Hart and my mate Nigel Farage.’

The footage has been viewed over 90,000 times.

When approached about the video, Mr Farage told MailOnline: ‘If I saw ‘up the RA’ I would have looked at that as something very innocent, and wouldn’t have even known there was an implication to it.

‘A lot of messages that I get are friends sending each other messages with their own little jokes or their own little words which I have to judge – and of course I reject some if they are crude or offensive.

Mr Farage added that he does a ‘very large number’ of videos and is one of Cameo’s most popular users.

Asked if he would accept a message request that was supportive of the IRA, Mr Farage replied: ‘Are you joking? I had a face-to-face death threat from them.’

In a description on his Cameo page, Mr Farage writes: ‘They call me Mr Brexit… some people say I am controversial, and I couldn’t care less.’ 

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