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Taoiseach must clarify "underclasses" remark from party colleague - Kathleen Funchion TD

6 November, 2019 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow-Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion has sharply criticised Fine Gael TD Pat Deering for a classist remark he made on RTÉ's Late Debate programme last night, and called on the Taoiseach to clarify his remarks.

Speaking tonight, Teachta Funchion said;

"The remarks by Deputy Deering last night where he referred to working class communities as 'underclasses' show Fine Gael’s contempt and snide attitude towards ordinary people.

“Deputy Deering was elected to represent people from all backgrounds in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency, but with comments such as this, does he look at the ordinary working class people as being beneath him?

“Fine Gael’s mask and their elitist attitude towards Governing is slipping.

“The Taoiseach must move to clarify these remarks by his party colleague immediately."

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