Cllr Paddy Holohan says comments “misinterpreted”

COUNCILLOR Paddy Holohan has said that comments he made on his podcast that a "family man" should be running the country were “misinterpreted”.

He also apologised “as my comments may have offended people”.

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Cllr Paddy Holohan

In a recent episode of his podcast, No Shame, the Sinn Fein councillor said: “We need people running the country, and not against Leo or anything like that, but to me I’d want a family man running the country.

“I’d want somebody who knows what it’s like to have kids, maybe, hopefully boys and girls, so when you’re creating the policies and all of the stuff that’s going to go on you’re like, right it makes sense.”

In a tweet earlier today, Cllr Holohan said that his comments were “misinterpreted”.

Cllr Holohan, who topped the polls in last year’s Local Elections in Tallaght South, said on Twitter: “I would like to take a minute to address comments that were made on my podcast.

“Firstly, I would like to apologise as my comments may have offended people as I of course did not intend to do so.

“My comments have been misinterpreted and not in any way meant the way they have been portrayed.

“Thank you to the people that know me and have supported me.

“And understand that I would never make such remarks.”

Cllr Holohan also faced criticism for comments he made on an earlier podcast that Leo Varadkar was “separated” from the history of Ireland because of his Indian heritage. 

Sinn Fein issued a statement earlier that the comments were not the views of the party and that Cllr Holohan should apologise and withdraw the remarks.

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