Noonan stands over 'allergic to work' remark
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has insisted that his remark that some people were "allergic to work" "speaks for itself".
Speaking at a Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce lunch earlier in the week, the senior Fine Gael politician said that "we all know there will be people who will never work. They're allergic to work".
Labour ministers and TDs were swift to accuse Mr Noonan of "electioneering" at the Coalition partner's expense, as they moved to distance themselves from the remarks.
"What I said speaks for itself," he insisted.
"I think anybody who looks at the context of what I was saying was that I was trying to explain when we talk about full employment it doesn't mean nobody on the live register.
"Full employment means somewhere less than six per cent unemployed and there's always some and there's always going to be a number of people on the live register for one reason or another, and that was the context of what I said."