Saturday 22 October 2016

Oliver Callan nails Leo Vardkar over tweet of election posters 'ready to be deployed'

Published 04/04/2016 | 20:20

Leo Varadkar's election posters in storage
Leo Varadkar's election posters in storage
Oliver Callan
Leo Varadkar

COMEDIAN Oliver Callan has set his targets on acting Health Minister Leo Varadkar's after the politician's controversial posters "ready to be deployed" tweet.

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On Sunday Mr Varadkar tweeted a picture of his election posters and wrote: "My posters cleaned, counted, stored and ready to be deployed."

The controversial message caused a major backlash from rival politicians but now the man behind RTÉ show 'Callan's Kicks' has also taken a swipe.

Callan wrote on the social network this evening: "Leo Varadkar's posters are clean and ready. Unlike most of our hospitals under his watch. #publicitymad"

Earlier today Independent TD Mattie McGrath described Varadkar's tweet as “ill-judged and unhelpful” and said it has undermined the ongoing process aimed at forming a government.

“There is more than an element of childish play-acting about this tweet which goes contrary to the seriousness of the approach that many of us have adopted,” Mr McGrath said in a statement.

“It certainly gives the impression that Minister Varadkar, clearly buoyed up by the latest polling data with respect to the Fine Gael leadership, is now trying to use that momentum to destabilise the process for his own political gain,” he added.

Mr Varadkar defended the tweet on Sunday, saying that Fine Gael needs to be honest about the fact another election is a stark possibility.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said Mr Varadkar might get 'a fierce shock' after tweeting his Election posters were 'ready to be deployed' again.

Mr Fitzmaurice said voters did not want a second election entering Leinster House for talks with Fianna Fail this morning.

“He might get a fierce shock if he went out to the people,” he said.

“The word we're getting on the ground is get up and get on with it. Don't be complaining and don't be whinging and get a government together.”

“But look it, some people are very loose with their tweets sometimes.”

Kerry Independent Michael Healy-Rae, who is also in talks with Fianna Fail, joined Mr Fitzmaurice in criticising Mr Varadkar.

“The posters got their airing already this year,” he said.

“I certainly have no anxiety to see my head up on any poll this year or next year, if I can have anything to do with it.”

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