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Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley

Sinn Féin TD and Public Accounts Committee chairman Brian Stanley is "guilty of colossal errors of judgment" for posting two controversial tweets, a party colleague has said.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin said the tweets have caused "a lot of hurt", but he rejected claims Mr Stanley is not fit to chair the committee.

He described Mr Stanley as a "fine politician and a good public representative".

Mr Stanley, who is taking this week off to spend time with his family at the request of party leader Mary Lou McDonald, is to make a statement to the Dáil about the social media posts.

He had been facing mounting calls to appear before fellow TDs following a series of controversies.

On Wednesday, he publicly apologised for a tweet sent last weekend, which appeared to glorify historical killings of British soldiers by the IRA.

However, he said he has "no apology to make" over a 2017 tweet he sent that appeared to comment on the sexuality of Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar.

The Laois-Offaly TD has now deleted his Twitter account.


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