Monday 5 December 2016

FG canvassers called me a 'whinger' - gran (72)

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Mary O’Brien with daughters Nicole and Emma. Photo: Michael MacSweeney/Provision
Mary O’Brien with daughters Nicole and Emma. Photo: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

A pensioner claims she was told by canvassers for European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy that she was one of the "whingers" Taoiseach Enda Kenny had spoken about.

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Grandmother Mary O'Brien (72) from Mayfield had taken Fine Gael canvassers in Cork North Central to task over controversial cutbacks to the healthcare system.

The mother of three admitted she gave the canvassers a public grilling but she was outraged at their response.

"I asked what Enda Kenny did at the weekend in Castlebar calling the people whingers and (they) told me he was right - 'It is the likes of you he was getting at.' I was absolutely fuming," she said.

When Ms O'Brien then warned the canvassers not to call to her own house, she claimed one told her: "Go home now little woman and sit on your armchair and have your cup of tea."

Mr Murphy confirmed to the Irish Independent last night that an exchange took place between his canvassers and an elderly woman in Mayfield.

"I should point out that two of my own canvassers were in their 70s and 80s," he said.

"But there was certainly no intention to upset anyone. A comment was passed about 'going for a cup of tea' but it was said with the best of intentions and in an attempt to calm what they were concerned was becoming a very heated situation."

Irish Independent

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