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Independents hit out at 'ragbag' jibe

INDEPENDENT TDs and councillors have hit out at comments made by Labour TD Roisin Shorthall in which she labelled certain independent politicians as "ragbags".

On RTE's 'The Week in Politics' programme, Ms Shorthall used the terms "ragbag" and "motley crew collection" to describe left-wing independents "that are offering themselves for election".

A spokesperson for the party last night dismissed suggestions her comments were unacceptable.

But Dublin North Central TD Finian McGrath said the comments were "bordering on racism" and called for Ms Shorthall to resign.

Irish Independent