Maverick Green TD Paul Gogarty has blocked several Irish followers on his twitter account, labelling them time-wasters and in one case “master of the online pit of scurrilous vipers”.
Among those Gogarty has blocked are award-winning blogger Twenty Major and David Cochrane, who runs politics.ie, a leading online forum.
Also blocked is Trinity college economist Brian Lucey.
The blocks let to a twitterstorm of protest, with one tweet labelling the Dublin Midwest TD “the Jedward of Irish politics.”
“Paul Gogarty reminds me of the sandwich-board wearing folk that congregate outside bus stations and food shelters,” wrote another.
In his twitter bio, Gogarty’s writes: “Promise I won’t tweet anything controversial.”
Yet although he rarely uses the account, his tweets have several times led to minor controversies, most recently when he criticised the Labour party and said he didn’t “give a f*** about Gutless Gilmore” [asterisks in original].
“I am blocking abusive people bcause there are more important issues to be concerned about. Like the budget, education, etc, etc,” the Green TD said.
UPDATE: The following twitter users have been blocked by @PaulGogartyTD. There are probably more out there too. Have you been blocked too? Let us know.
@brianmlucey, who describes himself as a “finance professor, angry taxpayer, very bad gardener” [Apparently also blocked by @sendboyle, Senator Dan Boyle]
@JoeLeogue, Cork based journalist
@davidcochrane, Founder of Politics.ie and online journalist
@cebyrne, presenter of te Daily Show on RTE One
@edufactory a grassroots group of students and college staff, set up to fight for free education
@twentymajor award-winning blogger and novelist
@mushaclesMultimedia Support specialist in UCC
@buzzoneill PR & event manager
@ronanmooney Headhunter / Recruiter
@sineadcochrane Operations manager
@sherosays “I was abusive, to be fair”
@dcbedwards “I’m in his constituency and blocked. Only asked about overcrowding in schools Maybe it was the way I asked. Or could be questions about his mayoral ambitions. *guffaw*”
@AlanFarrell Fine Gael Co Cllr
@oceanclub Tech writer
@john_mcguirk Communications and Media consultant. Occasional Writer. Likes cake.
@aideenblackwood Add me to the list of those blocked by @PaulGogartyTD. Genuinely baffled as to why! Said I regretted voting Green and v little else.