Dublin City mayor’s Twitter is offline

Cllr Gerry Breen, Dublin City’s new lord mayor, said he would be operating an open door policy as mayor, but tweeting does not seem to be included.

Breen’s Twitter.com account was closed or otherwise taken off line just before he became mayor of Dublin City Council. When trying to access his page the message “Sorry that page doesn’t exist!” is displayed.

The Evening Herald reported on Thursday June 24 that his twitter page read “Cllr Gerry Breen..soon to be the next lord mayor of Dublin” before he was elected by he fellow councillors.

However, at the time of the report the statement was on Breen’s now deleted account for some time. According to a snapshot recorded by Google, the statement was on the page for at least 14 days before the Herald’s scoop.

Breen’s position was secured in an agreement between councillors from the Labour Party and Fine Gael, but the Herald had reported: “…sources say he is by no means a certainty.”

When he was elected Breen said he would make time every Wednesday, from 8am to 10am, to have an open door for the public for suggestions or complaints.

Although his Twitter page is offline, the mayor says on his new blog at lordmayordublin.wordpress.com that he is trying to promote the use of new technology in Dublin City Council, and he has published a map showing free WiFi spots in Dublin.

On that blog Breen says: “My three priorities for the my year as Lord Mayor are ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ and if I can help protect, maintain or create jobs in Dublin please let me know and I will do my best to help.”

Cllr Breen did not respond to a request for comment about his Twitter account.

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