Morris defends ‘snouts in trough’ Facebook comments

Cllr Seamus Morris
NORTH Tipperary Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Morris has defended controversial remarks he made on his Facebook page this month about Fine Gael’s candidate in the Meath East byelection and has rejected a call from North Tipperary Young Fine Gael that he apologise for the remarks.

NORTH Tipperary Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Morris has defended controversial remarks he made on his Facebook page this month about Fine Gael’s candidate in the Meath East byelection and has rejected a call from North Tipperary Young Fine Gael that he apologise for the remarks.

According to Young FG, the offending comments about the family of the late Sean McEntee were posted on March 14 when Cllr Morris wrote: “Isnt it amazing that the McEntee family can put their grief to one side to keep their snouts in the trough”.

Young FG secretary Padraig O’Sullivan said in a statement that the remarks were “particularly disconcerting due to the nature of Minister McEntee’s death. It is also very discouraging to a young female candidate such as his daughter Helen McEntee, who is more than adequately educated and qualified to representing the people of Meath East.”

This Tuesday, Cllr Morris responded 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. In fact, it has allowed those in power to abuse their power to the detriment of this great country. I wish Young Fine Gael the very best of luck in finding their way in life, but they have a long way to go politically.”

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