Libertas has admitted issuing in error a statement in which one of its candidates called the Simon Wiesenthal Centre 'beneath contempt'.

This evening, the party's press office said the statement, attributed to Dublin European Parliament candidate Caroline Simons, had not been approved and had been sent out in error.

Caroline Simons and Libertas tonight said that 'a statement was released earlier today by a member of the Irish Libertas staff which contained untruths'.

The controversy follows criticism by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre of some Libertas candidates.

In response, party leader Declan Ganley claimed Libertas would work with the Centre to combat racism and anti-semitism in the European Parliament.