Barry Cowen says his children have been abused on social media over his ‘free sweets’ comments

The Fianna Fáil TD said that he apologised for the remarks and accepted political criticism but that the response had been personal and targeted his own children

Barry Cowen has said ‘I draw the line when politicians’ children or family members are targeted’ Picture: Collins

Barry Cowen has hit out at the abuse his children have been subjected to on social media over the last week, as he again apologised for saying that extending the eviction ban was like “making sweets free for children”.

Cowen, the Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly, said much criticism had been levelled at him for the analogy he used in the Dáil last week, which he had used in an attempt to “highlight that short ...