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11th Jun 2024

‘Ah Jaysus, lads’ – Fine Gael forced to apologise after using viral children’s song

Simon Kelly

Fine Gael apology The Spark

Think you can stop what we do? Yes, actually.

Fine Gael have been forced to apologise for using the viral Cork children’s song ‘The Spark’ in a promotional video without credit.

The song from Cork-based creative group The Kabin Crew has reached mega-viral levels since its release.

The political party used the music in a now-deleted video, which read: “We’ve got the new energy, and we’ll tell you all about it – Tomorrow vote Fine Gael in the Local, European and Limerick Mayoral elections”.

In response to the video uploaded onto Fine Gael’s social media pages, The Kabin Crew responded: “Ah Jaysus, lads, at least credit the kids who performed this track.

“Who ever created this video and made the social media post should know this. Not comfortable with it being used for political means.

“You have used our music, without permission, for political means. Please cease all usage with immediate effect.”

Fine Gael forced to apologise after using viral children’s song

After removing the video from their socials, a spokesperson for Fine Gael issued an apology.

The statement reads: “We wish to sincerely apologise to all at the Kabin Crew and Kabin Crew Studio for not seeking permission to use their music.

“It was wrong, and it should not have happened.”

They also said that they had made a donation to ‘”support their great work, or in lieu of this, to a charity of their choice”.

The Fine Gael spokesperson continued: “The Kabin Crew are an immensely talented group who produce great music, including the track of the summer.

“They are a credit to all in their community and are great ambassadors for Cork city. Keep up the great work at the Kabin Studio.”

The song has also been used in TikToks from Tánaiste Micheál Martin, and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, who both credited the Kabin Crew and Lisdoonvarna Crew, who also feature on the track.

Part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Europe’s only national free day of creativity for young people, ‘The Spark’ has garnered millions of views across social media and has been hailed as the ‘song of the summer’ by huge international outlets like the New York Times.

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