A Sligo-Leitrim TD has been forced to clarify after tweeting a photo of a cornered off bench in Strandhill, after it turned out the seat was simply being repainted.

Fianna Fail Deputy Marc MacSharry tweeted a photo of a wooden bench yesterday, which was cornered off with tape and traffic cones, captioning it: “Seriously”.

Deputy MacSharry’s photo seemed to imply the bench had been put out of use by the local council in an attempt to tackle crowds.

However, the Fianna Fáil TD was forced to clarify in a subsequent tweet that in fact, the bench is cornered off because it was being repainted.

On Wednesday in the Dáil, he said that in Strandhill, the council bollards on the seafront to stop mass gatherings are like Nazi obstructions from the World War II that might have prevented the Allies from ever getting ashore.

The Press Ombudsman urged Twitter users to “think before you tweet” as it tweeted a photo of the bench.