Tuesday 28 March 2017

Miss Piggy remark was wrong, I’m so sorry – Mick apologises

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan TD
Mick Wallace TD
Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Independent.ie reporters

Wexford TD Mick Wallace apologised profusely today for his reference to female colleague Mary Mitchell O’Connor as "Miss Piggy".

“It’s hard to defend the indefensible. I’m very sorry for the offence caused to Mary Mitchell O’Connor. I’m completely out of order,” he said with contrition on the RTE John Murray show.

The Independent TD’s comment: “Miss Piggy has toned it down a bit today” provoked laughter and agreement from fellow independents Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Shane Ross who were caught on microphone in the Dail yesterday.

“Ming and Shane Ross had nothing to do with it. It was my fault. I passed the reference because of her handbag. I’m completely out of order. I don’t have a leg to stand on,” he said today.

“It was a bit of banter. Clearly it was in bad taste. If there were secret microphones put on most people in the country people wouldn’t like what they had to say.”

The well-known developer who has a penchant for wearing pink, said that he had called Fine Gael deputy Ms Mitchell O’Connor to apologise, but admitted that she didn’t entertain the call.

“She’s obviously very upset,” he said, adding that he would call again and write a letter of apology to her.

The fact that the story is on the front page of most newspapers today makes it worse for her, he said, adding that the papers were more interested in that than serious content.

“I’m not trying to defend myself. I’ve said I’m sorry. I was completely wrong. What can I do. Of course I shouldn’t say something like that. I have no right to say that. I have to learn from it,” he said.

Mick Wallace said he was disappointed with the way the media had handled the story and it felt like the whole system had turned against him.

The three Indepedent TDs were having a gossip during the Order of Business in the Dail yesterday and were unaware a nearby microphone was on.

Obviously the new edict about suitable attire in the chamber still rankles with Ming and Mick.

Modelling one of his trademark pink shirts, Mick was clearly heard to remark: "Miss Piggy has toned down a bit today."

"Who's that?" asked a bewildered Shane Ross.

"The Mary Mitchell O'Connor one," says Ming helpfully, "the one who drove off the plinth."

The sniggering duo were referring to Fine Gael's Dun Laoghaire TD whose vivid outfits have added a most welcome splash of colour to Leinster House.

"Are they going to bar her from wearing pink?" muttered Mick.

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