‘He’s all socks and so­cial me­dia’

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LEO Varad­kar has been com­pared to Don­ald Trump over his de­vo­tion to so­cial me­dia.

The Taoiseach has been plac­ing ‘too much em­pha­sis on so­cial me­dia, socks and other triv­ial mat­ters, and not enough on the big ques­tions for the coun­try’, said ex-tá­naiste Mary Cough­lan.

The for­mer Fianna Fáil TD – who caused her own waves with a rep­u­ta­tion for hav­ing a salty tongue, and for mix­ing up Al­bert Ein­stein and Charles Dar­win – spoke of the new Fine Gael leader on Raidió na Gaeltachta.

She said: ‘On a per­sonal level, Leo is a gen­tle­man. But there are very im­por­tant things hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment, and socks and the like, well, they’re not im­por­tant at all.

‘It’s easy to be on Twit­ter and not to do in­ter­views, like Pres­i­dent Trump in the US at the mo­ment, but it’s not right at all.’

Mr Varad­kar has been is­su­ing weekly video mes­sages on Twit­ter and Face­book. Ms Cough­lan said it was ‘too easy’ to use so­cial me­dia in­stead of live in­ter­views.

Speak­ing with pre­sen­ter Aodh Máirtín Ó Fear­raigh, she said: ‘There is very im­por­tant work to be done, with Europe, poli­cies, and so on. Peo­ple are un­der huge pres­sure, and it’s too easy to be on Twit­ter.’

The Done­gal for­mer politi­cian con­firmed she would not be putting her name for­ward for the next gen­eral elec­tion, de­spite ru­mours of a re­turn to pol­i­tics. She also said that In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates had been in­ef­fec­tive, de­spite their elec­tion prom­ises.

‘What power have they to sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties that elected them? In my opin­ion, they have done noth­ing,’ she said.

Ms Cough­lan also said the Govern­ment had for­got­ten those out­side of Dublin.

She said: ‘It’s great that Dublin is pros­per­ing and do­ing well with em­ploy­ment, but that’s not to be seen out­side of the Pale.’

FOR­MER tá­naiste Mary Cough­lan has ac­cused the Taoiseach of con­cen­trat­ing too much on ‘so­cial me­dia, socks and other triv­ial mat­ters’. Per­haps she has a point. But it sounds a bit rich from some­one best re­mem­bered by po­lit­i­cal ob­servers for her foul lan­guage and wrongly cred­it­ing Al­bert Ein­stein with the the­ory of evo­lu­tion.

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