Coveney’s lucky strike

In the midst of the trials and tribulations of Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his lack-lustre performance on Morning Ireland, the role of Simon Coveney in focussing the media spotlight on the issue has been glossed over.
Following his tweet criticising the Taoiseach’s interview, Simon Coveney was feted by a variety of media outlets in a manner which suggested he had stratigically “outed” the country’s leader. However, an examination of Simon Coveney’s Twitter account suggests that this strategic hit could probably best be described as a lucky strike.
The drunk-or-hungover tweet was only the fourteenth issued in five months by the Cork TD, having first opened his Twitter account on April 2nd, 2010. One might be safe to assume that Simon Coveney was prompted by the huge success being enjoyed by his fellow Cork parliamentarian, Senator Dan Boyle. Coveney has struggled to embrace the medium to any significant extent, even tweeting on September 7th, “I’ve been offline on twitter for a while”.
If Simon Coveney hand’t really embraced Twitter before his lucky strike, he now has an opportunity to capitalise on it’s usefullness. As the Cork TD tweeted his opinion about the Taoiseach’s radio peforrmance, he had just over 150 followers; he now enjoys over 1,500 followers – not bad for a lucky strike!

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