Saturday 21 September 2019

D'Arcy slapped down over tweet comparing Johnson to Cromwell

Minister Michael D'Arcy
Minister Michael D'Arcy

Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan

Minister Michael D'Arcy was slapped down by colleagues as ministers sought to distance the Government from his remarks comparing Boris Johnson to Oliver Cromwell.

Europe Affairs Minister Helen McEntee said Mr D'Arcy's comments on Twitter were "not reflecting Government policy".

Business Minister Heather Humphreys, meanwhile, pointed out that Mr D'Arcy deleted the tweet in question and said "we're not going to comment on internal British politics", remarks that were echoed by Communications Minister Richard Bruton.

He said there are decisions to be made in British politics and "we need to give them the time and space to do that".

On Wednesday, Mr D'Arcy tweeted that the British prime minister's decision to suspend the House of Commons was the "most anti-democratic" decision by a prime minister since Cromwell established a "protectorate government" in the 1600s.

"This was a military dictatorship," he wrote, adding "Cromwell dismissed his parliament when they disagreed with him".

He was later instructed to remove the tweet by the Taoiseach's office.

Irish Independent

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