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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Minister Simon Coveney getting 'piggywithit' at Ploughing Championships

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at this year's Ploughing Championships
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at this year's Ploughing Championships

David Kearns

As piggate continues to roll on in the UK, Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney might want to rethink who he has breakfast with.

As he presses the flesh at this week's Ploughing Championships, Mr Coveney took some time this morning to take this unfortunate photo.

Maybe he is in on the joke and is taking a cheeky swipe at embattled Conservative leader David Cameron – who is embroiled in a scandal following claims he engaged in an obscene act with a dead pig.

Or maybe the photo is what it appears to be, a Government minister hoping to win over some farmers ahead of next year’s election.

More than a few twitter users have already picked up on the photo, warning Mr Coveney he might not enjoy its connotations.

“Christ Simon your political career will be ruined in a #Piggate story,” wrote one.

While another joked: “Careful what you do with it. These things can come back to haunt you. #gettingpiggywithit”

The war of words between David Cameron and former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft has continued following the latter’s revelations in ‘Call Me Dave’.

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Co-authored by the journalist Isabel Oakeshott, the new book has created a media frenzy with claims from a contemporary of Mr Cameron's time at Oxford university.

The British Prime Minister is accused of putting his genitals in a dead pig's mouth as part of an initiation ceremony for an elite dining club at Oxford university.

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Downing Street has publicly refused to "dignify" the book with a response to any of the stories in it, but privately Mr Cameron has dismissed allegations that he put his genitals in a dead pig's mouth as "utter nonsense".

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