When is cyber-bullying not cyber-bullying?

When is cyber-bullying not cyber-bullying?

Simple: when it’s an excuse to avoid answering a question.

Here’s an interesting Twitter exchange I had yesterday with a reasonably-well-known artist, best remembered for modifying a photograph to produce an iconic revolutionary image that adorned many a bedsit wall.  I won’t name him.

Reasonably-well-known artist: #FineGael absolutely no clue about #WebSummit or importance to Ireland. Donohoe defends Govt engagement with Summit

Me: What reasonable requests did the government refuse?

Reasonably-well-known artist: Eh….the ‘Wiffy’ did not work last year at all. I could not contact anyone once there. That might be a good place to start.

Me: Why is the government responsible for WiFi in a private trade show?

Reasonably-well-known artist: There was no water the previous year. It just got silly.

Me: Could you answer the previous question please?

Reasonably-well-known artist: GFY

Me:  I don’t know what GFY means. Can you explain that please?

Reasonably-well-known artist: My way of letting you know I won’t be bullied.

Me: How are you being bullied?

So far, the reasonably-well-known artist hasn’t explained how being asked a relevant question constituted bullying, though I might hazard one or two guesses.

It could be that people surrounded by uncritical sycophants are simply unable to cope with being asked hard questions.

It could be a certain fragility of ego.

It could be thundering arrogance.

Who knows?

In an interesting Freudian slip, the reasonably-well-known artist used the word Wiffy, perhaps without realising that it has become a term of derision for the unelected Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames who has ridden the cyber-bullying bandwagon into the ground, much like her unelected senatorial colleague, Lorraine Higgins.

Bullying, it seems, is the new Wolf. Sooner or later, when enough unelected senators cry Bullying at the mere sight of an Irish Rail ticket inspector, we will have lost yet another useful word, reduced to meaninglessness by people who simply can’t stand being challenged.

I still haven’t worked out what the reasonably-well-known artist intended by GFY, but I think he probably meant Good for you.



Unfortunately, Jim threw his toys out of the pram.  What a shame.  I suppose that’s ego for you.

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Who Does Fidelma Healy-Eames Represent?

Not everyone will have heard of Fidelma Healy-Eames, a failed Dáíl candidate in 2002, 2007 and 2011.

Fidelma’s sole political achievement up to 2011 was being elected to Galway County Council, and as anyone familiar with Irish politics will know, this is hardly a badge of honour.   But Fidelma, a former primary-schoolteacher, is nothing if not pushy, and so it transpired that she became Fine Gael’s spokesperson on education and science in 2007, at a time when the party had no prospect of being in government.   Or to put it another way, somebody gave Fidelma a meaningless job to keep her from complaining.

When the electorate rejected Fidelma for the third time in 2011, Fine Gael took pity on her and nominated her for the Labour panel in the Senate elections.  Nobody knows why, but the result was a massive boost in Fidelma’s ego.  For clarity, I should explain that the Labour panel has about 1,000 voters, consisting of county councillors, TDs and senators.  When Fidelma won a seat with a grand total of 89 votes, she embraced the delusion that she was a public representative, despite representing no-one at all.

Like all great political bluffers, Fidelma has a massive regard for her own importance, in some cases producing hilarious satire.  Who could forget her acclaimed performance, Fidelma Discovers Fraping?

Classic stuff.   Fidelma wanted every user “registered with an IP address”.

But Fidelma’s gift for comedy doesn’t end there.  This, after all, is the well-paid representative of 89 people whose car was seized in Galway because she hadn’t paid the road tax.  Less than a fortnight later, Fidelma was caught without a ticket on the Galway-Dublin train, presumably because the car was in the  pound.

In 2013, Fidelma opposed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, arising from the appalling Savita Halappanaver case, and was duly kicked out of the FG parliamentary party along with Lucinda Creighton and a few others.  Enda must be kicking himself for putting Fidelma on the Labour panel in the first place.

In recent times, Fidelma has been making a fool of herself by pretending to understand social media, building on the huge wave of approval from the Fraping speech.

Responding to Leo Varadkar’s coming out, she tweeted as follows:

#Leo Varadkar has shown a lot of courage to come out. I wish him luck.

And the whole world wanted to know, what’s that about?  It led to a flood of ridicule as people used the tag #sexualorientation in tweets on everything from cookery to weather forecasts, but it didn’t stop Fidelma continuing the epic hashtag fail.









What a #Fool

Last night, I asked Fidelma what I thought was a perfectly reasonable question.

Who do you represent?

I thought that was a fair question to ask of a senator elected by 89 fellow politicians, but Fidelma obviously didn’t think so.

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Get your facts right, Fidelma?  Elected by 89 political cronies.  In what sense is that public representation?

And so she joins an elite group of Irish politicians, consisting of herself and foreign minister Charlie Flanagan, who won’t accept hard questions, though in fairness to Charlie, at least he was elected by the citizens of Ireland.

For Fidelma, the question remains: who do you represent?