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Irish Mail on Sunday apologises for column critiquing Fianna Fáil politicians fashion sense

The Irish Mail on Sunday has apologised for an “unfairly personal” column criticising the fashion sense of Fianna Fáil politicians.

Published in last weeks edition of the Mail on Sunday, Niamh Walsh’s column took aim at a number of Fianna Fáil politicians at their gathering in Cavan.


“Some of the outfits on show at Fianna Fáil’s think-in at the Slieve Russell hotel in Cavan have no place in public full stop – never mind politics,” Walsh said.

Walsh went on to say that appearance matters to the public if you want to be taken seriously.

Walsh took aim at several politicians, including; Niamh Smyth, Norma Foley, Erin McGreehan, Darragh O’Brien and Barry Cowen, to name a few.


The Irish Mail on Sunday today said: “Last week’s manifesto included an item critiquing the dress sense of some of the women and men attending the Fianna fail think-in.”

“It is the business of columnists to inform, entertain and offer strong opinions, which sometimes cause offence.”

“On this occasion we accept that the item was unfairly personal and caused unnecessary upset.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin last week said the article was “personal, nasty and unkind”.

IMAGE – “File:Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020 (50051632532).jpg” by Houses of the Oireachtas from Ireland is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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