Ah, Irish politics.
If it isn't the Healy-Raes spouting utter craziness in the Dáil, it's Leo Varadkar quoting 'The Terminator' or 'Mean Girls' in his speeches to the nation during a national pandemic. So it goes that today's latest run of craziness comes in the form of Richard Bruton, former Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, and the owner of some chiseled abs.
Yes, that's right. You read that correctly. Richard Bruton TD is pretty swole. A video posted by Fine Gael earlier today showed off the sights and sounds of Howth as a staycation option, and sure enough, a moment of the video has caught Irish Twitter's attention. Namely, Richard Bruton's physique.
Let's take a look.
🐟 🚲 🏊♂️ @RichardBrutonTD shows you his top activities in Howth and the surrounding areas for your #Staycation2020.
From October, you can avail of our new scheme on your food and accommodation costs.
More: https://t.co/8rzdSLqtM1 pic.twitter.com/jxsLpsQKT9
— Fine Gael (@FineGael) July 29, 2020
Yeah, couldn't really miss them, could you? No denying it, those are abs.
Here's some of Irish Twitter's reaction to said abs.
*deeply* disconcerting to learn that richard bruton is absolutely shredded https://t.co/HbpeiDCWyv
— Eoin Ó Catháin (@EoinKeane101) July 29, 2020
Really don't think any of us expected to be seeing waves of tweets about Richard Bruton's abs today.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) July 29, 2020
Richard Bruton has more abs than Labour has TDs. https://t.co/jlLDZcrLjT
— aoife moore. (@aoifegracemoore) July 29, 2020
Today at Leaders’ Questions: Taoiseach, why are you letting Richard Bruton stockpile all the abs?
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) July 29, 2020
Nothing prepares you for Richard Bruton's six-pack on the TL. Nothing.
— DAD ACTIVATION 🔪🦀 (@Bubblenoma) July 29, 2020
Of course, this might all just be a ploy by Fine Gael to distract from any number of issues currently facing them. It might be that they're trying to distract from the disastrous policy of direct provision, which has resulted in a hunger strike in the Skellig Star Hotel in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry.
It could also be an attempt to distract from the fact that they had to row back on a pay increase to "super junior ministers" of €16,000 at a time when several industries, such as live music, cinemas, and many more, are on their knees due to the pandemic.
Yeah, could be any one of those things.