FINE Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney has accused his fellow Nenagh town councillor Seamus Morris of “rewriting the book” over comments the Sinn Fein representative made about the family of the late Junior Minister Shane McEntee.
Cllr Morris had posted a remark on his Facebook page on March 14 in relation to the daughter of Mr McEntee, Helen, running in last week’s Meath East byelection, stating: “Isn’t it amazing that the McEntee family can put their grief to one side to keep their snouts in the trough”. He later defended his comments after they were criticised by North Tipperary Young Fine Gael by saying: “I will continue to be the unpolished politician who is prone to the odd and unpredictable outburst, who doesn’t give a toss about political correctness because the tiptoeing political correctness of the past has not served us well.”
However, in a statement this week, Cllr Delaney responded: “Just when you thought public representation could not reach a new all time low, Cllr Morris has gone and rewritten the book with disgusting comments about the McEntee family in County Meath following the death of their father, former TD Shane McEntee, from suicide. If he is liable to make comments like this about a grieving family who have to deal with their father’s suicide in order to get headlines to massage his political ego, can you imagine what he is saying about families with mental health issues in County Tipperary behind their backs.”
The Fine Gael councillor described the remarks as the work of someone who will “stop at nothing to promote his own political agenda”. He said Cllr Morris had brought politics into the personal realm.
Responding to Cllr Delaney’s statements, Cllr Morris said that the FG representative had come belatedly into a debate about his comments on Facebook, “where I berated Fine Gael for acting cynically for running the daughter of Shane McEntee in a byelection”.
Cllr Morris said his comments could be seen as harsh by some, but it was never his intention to enter the whole arena of suicide, “which, unfortunately, is on the rise in a country that has severe economic conditions imposed on them by people I regard in Government as Euro elite quislings and who are making disastrous decisions, which have more to do with protecting the elite than helping the impoverished people of the country.
He described his comments as a “rather clumsy attempt” to show that politics has become very cynical in a wide ranging debate about the nature of politics in this country.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.