Northern Ireland

Caral Ni Chuilin 'to take care on twitter'

Caral Ni Chuilin twitter page
Image caption Caral Ni Chuilin posted a derogatory tweet about Michael McDowell

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin has admitted she has to be careful on twitter after posting a derogatory tweet.

Ms Ni Chuilin called former Irish justice minister Michael McDowell a complete g******e in a tweet two nights ago.

Mr McDowell had appeared on a programme on RTE in which he criticised Martin McGuinness's IRA past.

On Wednesday, Ms Ni Chuilin tweeted: "Need to be careful on twitter."

She added "in danger of being satirical, witty, angry, analytic, funny, emotional, wry, critical etc - not ministerial".

While Ms Ni Chuilin was not available for an interview on Wednesday, the department of Culture Arts and Leisure said the minister manages her own twitter account.