September 17, 2021

Foot in mouth: Waterford TD deletes ‘fashion shoes’ tweet after facing online backlash

A Waterford TD has deleted a tweet he posted accusing a former Taoiseach of being “out of touch” for trying on a pair shoes after his post was stomped on by the public.

Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane took to Twitter yesterday afternoon expressing his dismay that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was snapped trying on a pair of “fashion shoes” in a store on Dublin’s Grafton Street as part of the publicity campaign for the Government’s Restart Grant Plus Scheme, where small businesses can avail of up to €25,000 in assistance to restart their businesses closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Cullinane took exception to the Tánaiste’s photo op and decided to put the boot in on Twitter.

“3 counties in lockdown, many businesses still closed, front line health staff at breaking point & high unemployment levels across the economy.

“And Leo is trying on fashion shoes,” Deputy Cullinane said.

“Yes it is a backdrop to an announcement but these photos scream out of touch,” the Sinn Féin TD concluded.

His post was not up long before the backlash started with people, including Mayor of Waterford City Damien Geoghegan, dismissing Deputy Cullinane’s complaints.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic and all @sinnfeinireland and @davidcullinane are worried about is @LeoVaradkar buying a pair of shoes! You couldn’t make it up,” the Fine Gael member said.

Tanaisté Leo Varadkar himself hit back last night with a tweet of his own, saying: “‘Today Government announced details of the €300 million plus restart grant for SMEs to protect jobs and businesses and this is what we get from the “best opposition in the history of the state.”

Others responded to Deputy Cullinane’s tweet by posting pictures of him wearing so called “fashion shoes”, while more reminded him of a recent incident they believe was “out of touch.”

“@davidcullinane,” said one Twitteratti “Tell you what screams ‘out of touch’ David, elected TDs shouting, “Up The RA!” at a public meeting. In 2020. Utter disgrace.”

While others made reference to an anti-cyber bullying campaign Sinn Fein had tweeted support for just hours before Deputy Cullinane’s own social posting.

Deputy Cullinane’s tweet was deleted overnight.



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