DONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has vented his anger this evening after comments by a Fine Gael TD who called Dubliners parasites.
Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan said in the Dáil that “the protesters in Dublin act like parasites and live off country people.”
Deputy Doherty branded the comments a disgrace.
“As a country person I say to Fine Gael those comments are a disgrace and an attempt to divide us,” said Deputy Doherty.
“But it will not work.”
Coonan told the Dail during a debate on revised water charges: “I think it has been an awakening call for them because they are now concerned about elements of Socialists – the so-called wealthy Socialist Party – led by the Murph [Socialist TD Paul Murphy] and company, and aided and abetted by extremists within our colleagues here in Sinn Féin.
“I think that that needs to be nipped in the bud. The people have given that signal to us now: nip that in the bud. If not we’re facing what is potentially an ISIS situation in Middle East if those people are allowed get on to do what they’re doing. God help this country and people realise that. So we have to nip that in the bud.”
He later added: “The people protesting in Dublin are led by socialists and do not care about country people. Through the years country people have paid for water through group schemes, private wells and so on.
“The protesters in Dublin act like parasites and live off country people as they have never acknowledged the role of country people.”