Saturday 1 October 2016

Mattie McGrath backtracks on claims Alan 'Jelly' Kelly hid in his van

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 04/02/2016 | 15:26

Alan Kelly, inset, Mattie McGrath
Alan Kelly, inset, Mattie McGrath

INDEPENDENT TD Mattie McGrath has backtracked on his claims that Environment Minister Alan Kelly hid in his van in order to escape angry anti-water charge protesters.

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Mr McGrath admitted that Mr Kelly was not present in his election van when a female protester started banging on the window in a bid to locate the Labour Party deputy leader.

“He wasn’t in my van no. But a woman approached it and started banging on the window looking for Alan Kelly," he told independent.ie.

"But if Alan ‘Jelly’ Kelly wants to ever come into my van, I’ll put the refrigerator on. I’ve never seen a jelly bean like Alan Kelly,” Mr McGrath told independent.ie.

Read more: War of words: Independent TD accuses Alan Kelly of 'hiding from voters in his van'

This morning, the constituency colleagues angrily clashed during a radio debate on ‘Newstalk’

Mr Kelly, the Labour Party deputy leader, dismissed the van claims and accused Mr McGrath of telling lies.

A spokesman for Mr Kelly said this afternoon:

“That only happened in the ice-cream van that plays the music in his head.

Read more: Floating Voter 1: Kelly's 'Premier Pen' has got the Tipp to kick-start the election

“He is making things up and telling tales, he also has forgotten that Premier Green Energy are creating 80 jobs in Tipperary, that First Data are creating 300 jobs and even more in Silvermines - all of which Alan Kelly was instrumental to.

“If he doesn't know what jobs are there, he won’t know how to bring in new ones to Tipperary."

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