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Shake it off INTO General Secretary apologises for responding to Twitter criticism with Taylor Swift song

It came after a Twitter user hit out at INTO following John Boyle’s appearance on RTÉ’s Drivetime last Friday

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INTO general secretary John Boyle

INTO general secretary John Boyle

INTO general secretary John Boyle

The General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has apologised for responding to criticism on Twitter with a link to Taylor Swift song.

It came after a Twitter user hit out at INTO following John Boyle’s appearance on RTÉ’s Drivetime last Friday.

During his radio appearance, the former principal spoke about INTO’s concerns about pregnant, unvaccinated, and/or immunosuppressed teachers returning to work at the end of the month.

The organisation called for these teachers to be allowed to “work remotely from home” until they receive their vaccinations.

Following the interview, a Twitter user with the name ‘Bunmúinteoir’ sent a series of tweets to Mr Boyle and INTO saying that their contribution was “not good enough.”

The user said that the union had “simply kowtowed to the government and forced teachers into a dangerous environment” last year and added that INTO have “utterly failed” to protect teachers.

In response to this criticism, Mr Boyle tweeted a link to the 2019 Taylor Swift song ‘You Need to Calm Down’ on Friday evening.

In the now-deleted tweet, he tagged the account in question and wrote “especially dedicated.”

The song’s lyrics include lines such as “You are somebody that I don't know / But you're taking shots at me like it's Patrón” and “But you say it in a Tweet, that's a cop-out.”

On Saturday, Mr Boyle issued an apology for the tweet and posted a statement on Twitter.

The INTO General Secretary wrote: “I apologise unreservedly for my post yesterday evening in response to a frustrating series of posts by an anonymous account on this platform.

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“Members are absolutely entitled to raise their concerns and to hold both the union and myself to account. ‘I appreciated every email, text and message received from members each and every day which helps me to do my job and represent our membership in extraordinarily challenging times.”

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