Sunday 18 February 2018

When politicians fall foul of social media

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

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”.

“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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