Halligan stands by his 'jail the bastards' landlords comment
Independent Alliance TD John Halligan has stood by his controversial comments over Irish landlords.
The Irish Property Owners' Association yesterday launched a blistering attack on the Minister of State for Education and Skills, after he blamed "landlord speculators" for "driving people into homelessness", and claimed he would "jail the bastards".
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, however, the defiant Waterford TD said he would "withdraw nothing".
Mr Halligan said: "Are they seriously telling the people of Ireland that some landlords are not exploiting people? They can say all they like, but I stand by the comments now more than ever."
Addressing IPOA members, chairman Stephen Faughnan accused the politician of "incitement to hatred" and called on the Government to consider his position "given his crucial role in Irish education".
Describing the remarks as "despicable", he said: "It is outrageous for a member of the Government to publicly denigrate a body of people who are crucial to solving the housing situation."
But Mr Halligan rebutted: "Tell them to cop on. It's not incitement to hatred - what it is, is telling it like it is."