Ministers surprised Forde not fully vetted

Aaron Forde’s nomination for Shannon Group chairman had to be withdrawn after a trawl of his social media revealed derogatory tweets about Travellers

Aaron Forde: derogatory tweets about Travelling community

Surprise has been expressed in government circles that a thorough trawl of Aaron Forde‘s social media wasn’t carried out before his name was proposed to Eamon Ryan for the position of chairman of Shannon Group.

The Minister for Transport was forced to withdraw Forde‘s nomination just hours after it was announced last Tuesday, when a number of derogatory tweets he had written about the Travelling community and social welfare recipients emerged.

Forde apologised for the ...