Independent TD Mattie McGrath has criticised acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for issuing what he has termed an ill-considered and unhelpful tweet related to the ongoing talk’s process in Government Buildings. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister Varadkar used the social media site to send a picture of his election posters along with the comment “My posters cleaned, counted, stored and ready to be deployed”:
“While most of us have made some comment on the challenges surrounding the process that is currently underway; this tweet actively reveals that a key leading member of the Fine Gael negotiating team is far from committed to making to making that process work.
My posters cleaned, counted, stored and ready to be deployed pic.twitter.com/TPiAU1ZMcM
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) April 3, 2016
There is more than an element of childish play-acting about this tweet which goes contrary to the seriousness of the approach that many of us have adopted.
It certainly gives the impression that Minister Varadkar, clearly buoyed up by the latest polling data with respect to the Fine Gael leadership, is now trying to use that momentum to destabilise the process for his own political gain.
Putting the idea out there that you are ready and prepared for another general election, and in some sense even welcoming that idea, is in my view a political misjudgement that can only damage the entire process.
It begs the question, what are we really about with respect to this process?
It also removes any sense that there is any authentic credible engagement by the acting Minister and it should be immediately withdrawn unless he wants to maintain the impression he is
overtly trying to force us into another election scenario,” concluded Deputy McGrath.