Brian Stanley to make statement in the Dáil about social media posts

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Updated at 16:31

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley will make a statement in the Dáil about his controversial social media posts.

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald met the Laois-Offaly deputy this afternoon.

She says he will spend next week with his family, but he will make a personal statement in the Dáil on December 15th.

Deputy Stanley has been criticised over a tweet that appeared to glorify IRA attacks on the British Army.

He is also been criticised for an old tweet about Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar.

It comes as the Minister for Justice suggested Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley should come before the Dáil to explain and apologise for tweets he sent.

Helen McEntee has said it would be “appropriate” for Mr Stanley address the Dáil on the matter.

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“When we make commentary and when we do so publicly, You know, we need to be clear in what we are saying and what exactly we mean by it and I would like to get that clarity from him, whether it's in the Dáil, yes, to me that would be appropriate,” she said.

She added that she would also like to hear from party leader Mary Lou McDonald, the Irish Examiner reports.

“My own view is that it referred very negatively and in a completely inappropriate way to the sexuality of my own party leader. And I do think he needs to clarify why he tweeted it and what exactly it was in reference to and I think that's not just a political thing I think LGBT groups would share the same view.”

Speaking on LMFM radio, Ms McEntee said: “I’m not in the business of demanding people resign, that's not the way I work and I don't think it's the way our party work in in politics. But I do think more answers need to be given.”

Earlier the Finance Minister launched a scathing attack on the Sinn Féin TD claiming his apology for controversial tweets sent is "not enough".

Paschal Donohoe hit out at Sinn Féin claiming their tone and how they deal with issues "poisons the well of how we debate politics in our country".

Mr Stanley deleted his Twitter account last night after a tweet, which was taken as offensive to LGBT people, was highlighted.

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