GAFFE-prone ex-Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff has been pictured failing to social distance while making a video calling for a business to ensure its staff can do exactly that at work.
He made the short clip with a Fermanagh and Omagh council colleague earlier this month outside the Omagh Meats plant in Tyrone following a Covid-19 outbreak.
McElduff, who resigned his Westminster seat in January 2018 after his infamous Kingsmill bread stunt, also handed a letter to management detailing safety measures which "need to be enacted without delay".
In the video McElduff, clad in gloves and mask, says: "We are listening very, very carefully to the concerns of workers, as expressed to us, throughout this very difficult week for those workers."
Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald then takes over: "Myself and Barry are here today and we are calling on management to implement or improve their health and safety guidelines for the workers, not only for them but for the sake of their families."
McElduff then chips in: "Today we wanted to be here in person, socially distanced, at the factory itself, to hand in a letter for the attention of the management.
"We have just done that and we do sincerely hope that management listen to the concerns of workers and their families."
But in photographs obtained by Sunday Life he is far from socially distanced from Cllr Fitzgerald as they prepared to shoot the video, standing within what seems to be inches of each other. Taken in what appears to be a car park beside the plant, McElduff can be seen with Ms Fitzgerald and an unknown blonde woman who helps tie the mask around the back of his head.
In another picture he seems to be struggling with his mask again when Ms Fitzgerald steps in to help fix the apparently tricky strings.
On May 7, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) visited Omagh Meats following a slew of complaints by workers. After the visit a spokesperson for the Foyle Food Group, which owns the plant, said: "We continue to operate the strictest hygiene controls, which includes all our sites being deep cleaned on a daily basis.
"Social distancing has also been implemented."
The 53-year-old stood down as an MP after he posted a video of himself balancing a loaf of Kingsmill on his head (below, left) while asking where the shop kept its bread. It was filmed and shared on January 5, the same date on which the IRA murdered 10 Protestant workmen at Kingsmill, Co Armagh, in 1976. McElduff removed the clip saying he had not intended it as a mockery of the anniversary of the massacre and was suspended by his party.
He said of the debacle: "Had I been conscious of the connection to the terrible atrocity at Kingsmill I would certainly not have posted that tweet. I genuinely did not make that connection. Kingsmill was wrong, unjustifiable and sectarian. It should never have happened."
He then announced he was standing down as an MP but returned to politics following his election as a councillor for Sinn Fein on to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
Sinn Fein did not respond directly to Sunday Life questions about his lack of social distancing but said Barry McElduff had spoken to Omagh Meats management about concerns over working conditions there. A statement added: "Social distancing and personal protective equipment should all be in place to ensure maximum protection for workers."
He's not the first politician to put his foot in it during lockdown with that distinction going to former Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.
The Strangford MLA was caught visiting a female friend in Portballintrae, well away from his current home in Co Antrim, where he has been living apart from wife Lynda Bryans.
The 62-year-old said he was "remorseful" about his actions and stood down as Deputy Chair of the Committee for The Executive Office.