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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss mocked for pronouncing Taoiseach as 'tea sock'

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss during a visit to McCulla Haulage in Lisburn last month. Picture by Niall Carson, Press Association

BRITISH Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been mocked online for mispronouncing taoiseach as "tea sock".

Ms Truss set out the government's plans to override the Northern Ireland Protocol - the agreement governing the north's post-Brexit trading arrangements - on Monday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the British government's protocol bill marked a "new low point" between UK-Irish relations.

Following the announcement, a clip of an interview Ms Truss gave to RTÉ News went viral.

The cabinet minister appeared to struggle with the Irish word.

Ms Truss told RTÉ: "I would strongly encourage the Irish 'tea sock' to discuss this with the EU."

One video of the interview clip has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Cork-based company, Hairy Baby T-Shirts, posted a photo of Mr Martin's face on some socks.

"New Tee Socks coming soon, limited to 1 pair only for @trussliz," the company tweeted.

Another Twitter used posted a photo of a sock in a tea mug.

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