A Wexford Town Labour Party Councillor has managed to inadvertently insult a large majority of his voters during a misjudged tirade on a social networking site. Cllr Joe Ryan said that mass unemployment, the trolley crisis at Wexford General Hospital and forced emigration were a “fact under the last government” and said that the septic tank charge was only €5, which he could “live with.”
Cllr Joe Ryan has made good use of the internet over the years with an active presence on Facebook, Twitter and a well managed blog. Up until his party went into government, Cllr Ryan had used this online presence to attack unfair government cuts and taxes. Now he uses them to defend his own party’s endorsement of the very same cuts and taxes. He has also spent the last year blaming any criticism that comes his way on the previous government. In five years time, when the Fine Gael and Labour government have completely failed in its duty to lead this country out of crisis, will Cllr Ryan still blame Fianna Fail for everything?
How quickly a campaigning socialist can turn into the biggest critic of the working class, particularly when the local elections are still two years off. Don’t worry Joe; we won’t let your constituents forget your thoughts about them when they needed you most. Who knows, maybe you’ll be needing them and their votes in 2014.
Maybe you can Councillor, but a great many of your constituents can not.