Minister Damien English has brought some comic relief to the lockdown debacle after his outing on Prime Time with Miriam O’Callaghan last night.
Much to Miriam’s astonishment, English said that “clothes are not essential”, doubling down on the government’s decision to stop retailers selling items like socks and trousers, even for children.
Joe.ie must be congratulated on their contribution to the online revelry that followed:
Damien English explains how clothes are “not essential” on Prime Time last night.
(Wait for it…) 😂 pic.twitter.com/LrN35D8dDP
— JOE.ie (@JOEdotie) October 30, 2020
Minister English will take a while to live this one down, but decided to go on Morning Ireland anyway to hammer home the message:
BREAKING Naked Damien English Rushed To Hospital With Hyperthermia
The Housing Minister was appearing on Morning Ireland in an attempt to double-down on his comments that clothing is on-essential. pic.twitter.com/OvNyBqMvAJ
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) October 30, 2020
If clothes were essential, we'd be born wearing them. – Damien English https://t.co/absvuoGgEM
— MaryJane (@DakotaLula) October 30, 2020
Pro and Anti Sock politicians clash in what has become a major political battle in 2020 Ireland.
Asked for an opinion Mattie McGrath stated;
"I'm not getting involved in this one. I can get 6 pairs for the price of 4 on the Dark Web".
"This maybe one for Joe Duffy to sort out" pic.twitter.com/HYOwwC2GOC
— Peadar Tóibín (@Toibin1) October 30, 2020
— Gina_ius (@Gina_inTipp) October 30, 2020
*eleanor rigby voice*
🎵 Damien English
Look at him striding through Tesco and wearing no clothes
Buying merlots 🎵
— Alan (@alan_maguire) October 30, 2020
Green party’s , response to the ban on all non essential clothing and shoes !! pic.twitter.com/OwjUTzsxdA
— Anne Gemma Dillon🇪🇭🇪🇭 (@annedil20288403) October 30, 2020
Damien leaving the studio: pic.twitter.com/j5E6JIIkz7
— Éanna Kelly (@EannaKelly1) October 29, 2020
Some people weren’t laughing however, and it seems there will be a price to pay for the government’s approach:
Tone deaf comment. Not everyone is in a position to shop online. A parent buying food should have access to basic clothing items for their child. Socks, vests, warm winter clothes are essential for children
— Jessie McGrane (@no1mosierfan) October 30, 2020
Seriously!!!! You can buy a scented candle and a bottle of vodka in Dunnes but can't buy a warm coat. Ridiculous rules.
People paid a fortune sitting behind desks without a clue what happens in the real world making rules.
— Deirdre Feehily (@deirdrefeehily) October 29, 2020
What an unbelievable statement. What about families that may not have much money for hear? Kids growth spurt? Someone gone to hospital needs pjs? Newborn premature baby? People who were waiting for payday and shops got closed before? The list is endless
— Fiona (@FionaAoifee) October 30, 2020
This woman explained her Dad was in the hospital and needed pyjamas and socks.
I was able to buy an iron in Dunnes Stores today – normally I'd go to powercity but their website is terrible
Dad in hospital, can't buy him pyjamas, or slippers….
None of this makes sense….
— Ciara H (@CiHarb) October 29, 2020
As did this man about his mother.
My 86 year mother was seriously ill in hospital. It was very essential for her to have pajamas that had a botton top due to all the tubes. What she didn't need was cans of lager. Guess which was available to buy? What planet do these overpaid incompetents live on?
— Donnacha Ní Mhuireadhaigh (@bannasidhe) October 29, 2020
The Dail is now been run by authoritarian idiots
— Dermot Cox (@Dermopj) October 30, 2020
Some did just point to online options.
No they're not essential for the next few weeks! I'm sure we will all do with what we have at the moment. And if you are that stuck, buy online, click and collect etc…. They are not doing this to punish us. If people had followed the rules, we wouldn't be in this situation now.
— ahlads (@Ahlads79) October 29, 2020
Earlier week, an Garda Síochana posted photographs of its members visiting retail outlets to ensure compliance with restrictions regarding the sale of clothing.
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) October 25, 2020