Controversy over Mick Wallace’s Paris tweet.

There was controversy last night when Wexford TD Mick Wallace responded to the ongoing terrorist attacks in Paris by criticising France’s foreign policy:

So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop it's role in the militarisation of the planet?

“So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop it’s role in the militarisation of the planet?”

The tweet in question drew in a large number of responses, most of which were critical of Wallace’s timing. Irish television producer Maia Dunphy considered the tweet to be an inappropriate response to the attacks:

Seriously?!? You decided this was an appropriate tweet on hearing the news??

“Seriously?!? You decided this was an appropriate tweet on hearing the news??”

The Sunday Times editor Frank Fitzgibbon responded to Wallace by saying “if you’ve nothing useful to say – say nothing”:

if you've nothing useful to say - say nothing

“if you’ve nothing useful to say – say nothing”

Wallace’s political opponents were also quick to criticise the tweet, with Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty calling it an “inhumane response to such a loss of life.”

Not everyone was critical of Wallace, however, as United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly publically backed her political ally:

clare daly

“Tragedy beyond belief…everyone’s thoughts with victims but it’s always the right time to ask why or it will go on. “

Daly’s backing of Wallace prompted further responses, with Irish Independent columnist Colette Browne criticising the timing of the tweet:

colette browne

“it’s really not – 100 hostages in a concert hall and the death toll still rising.”

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