Saturday 1 October 2016

When politicians fall foul of social media

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan
Mick Wallace Pic: Tom Burke
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Sean Kenny
Gerry Adams. Pic Tom Burke

Charlie Flanagan and the ‘c’ word - The Fine Gael politician created a New Year’s Eve Twitter storm after taking a swipe at what he initially described as Sinn Féin’s “cult politics”.

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“2015 offers Ireland the choice of Constitutional politics or Cult politics,” he said. But after another user suggested he had made an error in his tweet, Mr Flanagan replied: “Yep left out the ‘n’.” The minister later said he “regrets” if he caused offence.

Mick Wallace and the Paris attacks - The Independent TD sparked ire on Twitter with a comment made on the Paris terrorist atrocities. He tweeted: “So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop it’s role in the militarisation of the planet?”

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and his ‘ironic’ football tweet - The then Equality Minister came under fire after tweeting in response to a video which showed Chelsea fans preventing a black man from getting onto the Paris metro. “To satisfy/punish their fans, Chelsea should play out the rest of the season with only white English players. (Do they have 11 of them?)”.

He later clarified: “Oh for God’s sake. I was pointing out the irony of their idiocy.”

“Eoin, did you collect the eggs?” - The tweet from retired Labour TD Sean Kenny is one of the most talked about in Leinster House. Mr Kenny was responding to a claim made by party colleague Eoin Holmes.

“Eoin Holmes from Meath East by-election said on radio he was going to collect eggs, hence tweet,”

Mr Kenny explained later.

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