Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle has slammed Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris for failing to address issues affecting third level students, and spending too much time on the teen social media site TikTok.

“We hear more from Simon Harris on Covid-19 issues than on the issues affecting our tens of thousands of third level students,” Pringle told the Dáil.

“Though he may also be off making TikTok videos and getting the Tánaiste to make cameo appearances – that seems exactly like what our third level students need.

The comments come after Simon Harris released a joke TikTok video featuring Táinaiste Leo Varadkar.

Harris set up an account on the site earlier this year and has been posting lighthearted videos there since.

In addition, Fine Gael’s Neil Richmond is a prolific user of the site.

“Next, he’ll be releasing songs in an indie style, trying to get Michael Fry to duet him,” Pringle added.