April 18, 2021

FF activist defends Waterford senator against ‘barrage’ of abuse in wake of ‘golfgate’

A Fianna Fáil supporter has defended Senator John Cummins against criticism over his attendance at the ‘golfgate’ dinner in county Galway.

The Fine Gael senator lost the party whip for attending the dinner in breach of Covid-19 regulations. He has come in for a lot of criticism on social media, most of it anonymous and some of it very nasty.

John Murray, an internet safety consultant from Dungarvan, has called it “a non-stop barrage of criticism”.

Mr Murray describes himself as a former secretary of Fianna Fáil’s Waterford Comhairle Dáilcheantair.

In a letter to Waterford Today newspaper he writes: “John by his own admission made a bad mistake in attending the golf event in Clifden. I am sure he went there in good faith, not realising that the hotel was 30 people over the Covid restrictions limit. He has apologised for being at the event and that should be the end of the matter.

“John has worked tirelessly for the people of Waterford, both as a teacher and a councillor. I am sure he will do great work as a senator.

“Politics is a tough business and our representatives need to be held to account, but it must be acknowledged that the level of antagonism towards John Cummins and his family, especially on social media, is totally out of proportion to what actually happened.

“I have canvassed for Fianna Fáil against John in the past, but I have to acknowledge that he is a decent and honourable man, who does not need to fall on his sword over this matter.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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