Thursday 17 August 2017

'I was tired, I was hungry' - Labour TD Ann Phelan explains abrupt exit from radio debate

Ann Phelan of the Labour party is the Minister of State with special responsibility for rural economic development
Ann Phelan of the Labour party is the Minister of State with special responsibility for rural economic development
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A Labour Party minister who stormed out of a radio debate on local station has said she was “tired and hungry” at the time.

Ann Phelan went back on KCLR today to explain her abrupt exit from the debate that involved all 15 candidates in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency.

“I was tired, I was hungry and I was extremely frustrated at what was going on at that table,” Ms Phelan said.

The minister for rural affairs said that her tolerance levels are normally higher but “every time I opened my mouth I was shouted at”.

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“There were huge levels of negativity. It was chaotic. We were told we were going to go to the sin bin if we shouted at other people,” she said.

“I have been on the radio debating for the last 15 years. I have never shied away form a debate. Bit I thought last night I am wasting my time, I’d be better off out knocking on doors.”

Ms Phelan denied that she was feeling under “particularly pressure” because of Labour’s poor showing the opinion.

“It was a very trying day yesterday but this is a new dawn, a new day.”

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