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Nigel Farage tricked into saying another IRA slogan in video message

Nigel Farage in a new video in which he appears to be pranked into stating another Irish republican slogan

FORMER UKIP leader Nigel Farage appears to have been tricked into saying a second Irish republican slogan in a month on a video greeting.

The leading Brexiteer is offering greetings to fans through the smartphone app Cameo, and earlier this month was pranked into proclaiming "up the Ra" in a personalised video.

In a new video that emerged yesterday, he is seen saying "Tiocfaidh ár lá", without appearing to know its meaning or origin as Irish for "our day will come".

The initial video of Mr Farage, who now leads the Reform UK group after founding it as the Brexit Party in 2018, was the result of a "hoax" he claimed, after saying he tries to reject unsuitable messages but that some "slip through the net".

In it, he states: "I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight. Up the Ra," before swigging from a coffee cup. It is understood the cost of the video to the person requesting it was £73.

In the new video Mr Farage offers birthday greetings to "Gerard", thought to be former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, adding that the person requesting the video was "looking forward to seeing you and some of the old team" before he states what appears to be the republican slogan.

He adds: "You were the team leader there for many years."

The latest prank came after the video from earlier in October was the focus of a confrontation between Mr Farage and RTÉ presenter Claire Byrne this week.

During an interview on the Claire Byrne Live show, Mr Farage was played back the clip as the pair debated the issue of Brexit and Ireland's future in the European Union.

"I want people to see just how much you know about the history and culture of this island," Ms Byrne told him before playing the clip.

"Don't try and lecture the Irish people on culture and history and the precarious nature of peace on this island, you haven't got a clue," she told the former MEP.

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