Wednesday 21 August 2019

'They behave like Isis' - Dublin councillor Mannix Flynn hits out at People Before Profit

Mannix Flynn pictured after he was elected to the Council in the RDS.
Mannix Flynn pictured after he was elected to the Council in the RDS.
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn has compared People Before Profit to Isis and the Taliban, following a tense battle with the party to retain his seat.

Mr Flynn lashed out at the party following his re-election to Dublin City Council and criticised supporters who protested when Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy attended election counts at the weekend.

“They behaved like the Taliban. They behaved like Isis. What they actually did was they came in and did an indiscriminate bombing of the count centre,” he said.

The Independent had been reelcted following a recount in the South East Inner City area of the city. People Before Profit’s Anne Mooney called for the recount yesterday after losing out to Mr Flynn on the last count.

She was concerned about the allocation of transferred votes.

“Had they got in, God knows what would have happened because they didn’t get in to house anybody or they wouldn’t have got in to house anybody,” Mr Flynn said.

“They would have got in to blaggarding and trying to undermine the process that has been fought for long enough in this particular country.

“I will ask all those individuals in that particular party to grow up and to join us in making a better city, to make progress and rather than going after Ministerial individuals and trying to scream them down, coming in to count centres and closing down workers and the process, that they would understand what they were doing.

“What they have done is they have weaponised those situations and they are projecting their own dissatisfaction in their own lives and turned that in to fury, not even healthy anger. It is outrageous.”

“What they have done is they have weaponised those situations and they are projecting their own dissatisfaction in their own lives and turned that in to fury, not even healthy anger. It is outrageous.”

Mr Flynn added he would be happy to represent the protestors on the council in his own way.

“Today is a good day. I am elected. I intend to represent them and other individuals and if necessary argue their case but I certainly won’t be furious about their case.”

People Before Profity secretary Kieran Allen, who was Ms Mooney’s election agent responded, saying Mr Flynn was ridiculous.

“I don’t carry a suicide vest and I despise Isis,” Mr Allen said.

“It is just ridiculous. Mannix is obviously a very bitter man. He should be celebrating his victory. He told me earlier on that he is all in to transparency in the Council and all that we did was ask the election officials could they explain to us the formula by which five votes disappeared from a pile.

“I don’t think asking questions equates you to the Taliban or Isis.

“He may be referring to whoever he wants to refer to but people have every right to protest.”

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