Taoiseach blasts 'personal, nasty and unkind' article which criticised politicians appearance

By David Kent

The Taoiseach has blasted a 'personal, nasty and unkind' article which took aim at a number of TDs for how they dressed.

Micheál Martin was not impressed with the piece written by Niamh Walsh in the Mail on Sunday, which said that Fianna Fáil were failing to 'keep up appearances'.

She took aim at the outfits of Barry Cowen, Niamh Smyth, Senator Erin McGreehan and Norma Foley among others, focusing on the Fianna Fáil think-in which took place in Cavan this week.

Senator McGreehan took serious offence to the piece, posting a picture of it to her Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

She said: "I don’t know what is wrong with another human being that they could be so blatantly horrible to another human being. I am very upset by this .I’m not going to pretend words don’t matter. They do. Words & actions & attitude are everything& it is how people should be judged. I detest bullies. I have come across so many in my life. I meet so many people who need help because of a bully, an abuser, or a system that continually puts them down. This article is unacceptable.."

And the Taoiseach added his two cents in on Sunday evening, hitting out at the piece.

He tweeted: "Why the need for such a personal, nasty and unkind article? An article written in an attempt to demean women who take politics seriously, and work hard to make people’s lives better."

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Meanwhile, pensions and welfare benefits increases are on the way in next month’s Budget and there will be no tax hikes to pay for our multi-billion euro Covid debt, Leo Varadkar is set to announce.

Fine Gael leader and Tánaiste, Mr Varadkar, will use Monday's pre-Dáil party think-in to announce the great news for pensioners, workers and welfare recipients.


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