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Byelection Tweet criticised by Fine Gael Senators at party meeting

Fine Gael Senators have criticised the occasion’s last-ditch try and mobilise its vote in final week’s byelection with a Tweet warning supporters of a giant Sinn Féin turnout.

With lower than an hour to go till polls in Dublin Bay South closed, Fine Gael posted on Twitter: “Warning. Big Sinn Féin turnout. Don’t let Sinn Féin in by staying at home. Vote Geoghegan.”

The put up was broadly derided on social media and criticised by the Opposition.

It’s understood that Senators Regina Doherty and John Cummins took concern with the Tweet at this night’s assembly of Fine Gael’s parliamentary occasion.

Sources stated Ms Doherty, who grew up in Ballymun and Finglas, pointed to her family background and the way they have been all staunch Fine Gael supporters.

She instructed the assembly she was “ashamed” of the message the Tweet despatched to working class voters and argued that the occasion had let itself down.

Waterford-based Senator Cummins who was stated to have been supportive of how a lot of the byelection marketing campaign performed out however he criticised the Twitter put up.

He stated Fine Gael must be taught from it as be made the case that the occasion must be in search of assist in all elements of the neighborhood.

After the election end result, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the occasion’s efficiency pointing to how its candidate Cllr James Geoghegan had basically matched the mixed assist former TDs Eoghan Murphy and Kate O’Connell acquired in final yr’s General election.

Speaking earlier at this night’s assembly, Mr Varadkar stated Mr Geoghegan was a “great candidate with a bright future” and he praised Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris – who served as director of elections – for what he stated had been an awesome marketing campaign.

Separately, on Covid, Mr Varadkar instructed colleagues that the plan is to climate the “rising Delta wave” throughout the nation.

He stated this may be completed via accelerating the vaccination programme and leaving some restrictions in place whereas re-emphasising public well being messages.

Mr Varadkar additionally stated the Government determination on indoor eating could be reviewed in September.

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