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Watch: Liz Truss’ pronunciation of Taoiseach on RTE News goes viral

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 14/06/2022 Liam De Brun

The UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ poor pronunciation of Taoiseach on RTE News has gone viral to the frustration of the Irish public.

While speaking about the UK Government’s plans to override the Northern Ireland protocol, Ms Truss referred to Micheal Martin as the ‘tea sock’.

Speaking on RTE News Ms Truss said: ‘I would strongly encourage the Irish tea sock to discuss this with the EU.’

The ‘tea sock’ clip immediately went viral as the public were quick to point out just how bizarre the blunder by Ms Truss was.

One user person said: ‘The British foreign secretary Liz Truss here mispronouncing the name of the Taoiseach as “tea sock”.

‘I’ve never heard it mistaken this way before and the mangling of the Irish language is a long-established tactic of the British to mock and undermine Ireland and her people.’

The UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ poor pronunciation of Taoiseach on RTE News has gone viral to the frustrations of the Irish public. Photo: RTE. © Provided by Extra.ie The UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ poor pronunciation of Taoiseach on RTE News has gone viral to the frustrations of the Irish public. Photo: RTE.

Beloved Blizzards frontman Bressie tweeted in shock: ‘I’m sorry, excuse me what?’

While one person questioned: ‘I wonder how she would have butchered Micheál? Surprised she didn’t use tea-shop like most of them do.’

Some were in the joking mood as someone said the ‘tea sock’ is for when ‘you spill your favourite beverage and can’t find the kitchen roll’.

Micheal Martin recently branded the UK Government’s proposition as a ‘new low-point’. Pic: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Extra.ie Micheal Martin recently branded the UK Government’s proposition as a ‘new low-point’. Pic: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Ms Truss is of the opinion that the Northern Ireland protocol is undermining the Good Friday Agreement due to post-Brexit trading arrangements.

‘We haven’t seen an Executive formed since February, we have seen east-west trade diminished, trade diverted to north-south. We’ve also seen the people of Northern Ireland not able to benefit from tax breaks.

‘These are all issues that we need to sort out. Our preference is to sort them out with the EU, but as yet the EU are not agreeing to change the text of the protocol.

Liz Truss thinks the protocol has undermined the Good Friday Agreement. © Provided by Extra.ie Liz Truss thinks the protocol has undermined the Good Friday Agreement.

‘I think the important point, and this is what the Prime Minister was driving at, is that it won’t make the EU any worse off. There is simply no reason for us to have a war of words about this, this is very much reasonable action we are taking,’ she told BBC NI’s Good Morning Ulster.

The Taoiseach is against the proposition and recently branded it a ‘new low point’ as the tensions continue to rise between the conflicting parties.

‘It represents a new low point because the natural expectation of democratic countries like ourselves, the UK, and all across Europe is that we honour international agreements that we enter into,’ he said.

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