Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly and his department have declined to pay for Twitter likes and retweets.
The video, which shows the minister discussing the cabinet sign-off for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), received 200 retweets within minutes of being posted.
Many of the users who retweeted the minister’s tweet have no followers or appear to be spam accounts.
However, the health ministry said neither it nor the minister paid for likes or retweets.
“Neither the ministry nor the minister have paid for any advertising related to its social media accounts,” a spokesman said.
The spokesperson declined to offer an explanation for the hundreds of retweets from spam accounts within minutes of the release.
“This morning the government agreed to proceed with the construction of the new National Maternity Hospital. It is a really important decision and the new hospital will be central to women’s healthcare going forward,” Minister Donnelly said in the video.
“We’ve been hearing lately how much of a difference it’s going to make.
“So now we have to focus on moving forward, we’ve had planning permission for five years, believe it or not. Now we have to go ahead, get started and build the hospital.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/health-minister-stephen-donnelly-denies-paying-for-twitter-retweets-41660029.html Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly denies paying for Twitter retweets