Wednesday 26 October 2016

Ruth Coppinger directed 'Tánaiste’s friend from ISIS' jibe 'at wrong TD'

Published 21/01/2016 | 13:38

Ruth Coppinger
Ruth Coppinger

THE TD described as “the Tánaiste’s friend from ISIS” in the Dáil last night was Fine Gael’s Derek Keating, can reveal.

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However, it is understood that the charge made by Anti-Austerity Alliance deputy Ruth Coppinger was directed at the wrong person.

It appears Ms Coppinger mixed up the Dublin Mid-West TD with his colleague from Tipperary Noel Coonan.

Mr Coonan previously warned that Ireland faces 2an ISIS situation” if the more extreme elements of water charge protests are not “nipped in the bud”.

He later withdrew the remark after it sparked a massive backlash from TD associated with the anti-water charges campaign including Ms Coppinger.

During a heated Dáil debate on Tánaiste Joan Burton’s record last night, Ms Coppinger engaged in a war of words with Deputy Keating.

Mr Keating leaped to the defence of the Ms Burton after her constituency rival used the word “corruption” in a speech she said summarised the Labour Party’s “role in history”.

The word ‘corruption’ is considered unparliamentarily language in Leinster House.

Mr Keating asked the Ceann Comhairle demand she withdraw the remark, saying Ms Coppinger should be “ashamed of herself”.

“It is despicable,” he said.

As a war of words ensued, Ms Coppinger described Mr Keating as “the Tánaiste’s friend from ISIS”.

“Did Deputy Keating every apologise for calling people…” she said before being cut off.

Mr Keating shouted back: “That is absolutely despicable. The Deputy has lost the run of herself.”

The Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett asked that she withdraw the remark, but Ms Coppinger insisted: “That he called people ISIS? That is just a fact.”

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