Sunday 18 February 2018

Colm Parkinson: What did Paddy O'Rourke expect to find on Twitter... compliments?

Patrick O'Rourke received taunting messages on Twitter
Patrick O'Rourke received taunting messages on Twitter

Colm Parkinson

It's not often I disagree with anything Colm O'Rourke says - he's usually spot on - but yesterday his comments about police investigating online abuse of GAA players was way over the top. Emotions were probably running high because it was his nephew Paddy at the centre of the 'abuse'.

Don't the police have enough to be doing? I would rather see a larger police presence in Temple Bar where three people were stabbed last Saturday night than have them wasting their time investigating someone who told Paddy he's 'an absolute coward'.

Some idiot threatened to knife him but a quick look at his other tweets showed he was trolling and threatening more than Paddy on Sunday. It seems to me like Paddy searched his own name on Twitter because some of the critical tweets didn't include his Twitter handle so he shouldn't really have been aware of them. His team just suffered a humiliating defeat and he was sent off - what did he expect to find, compliments?

Now he has succeeded in making himself the story and is receiving plenty of sympathy despite having an awful game, his team throwing away a 10-point lead and getting sent off. Maybe he's on to something.

Irish Independent

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