Renua candidate in new blunder
A declared candidate for Renua Ireland has landed himself in hot water after suggesting sexuality is a "lifestyle choice".
Childcare expert Shane Dunphy, who wants to run for Lucinda Creighton's new party in Wexford, tweeted from his personal account last night: "Sexuality would certainly classify as a lifestyle choice."
A short time later, he deleted the controversial tweet. He apologised profusely and blamed "poor wording" for the "offensive and just plain dumb" message. "Apologies for any offence," he said. "Will word things much more carefully in future."
A follow-up tweet read: "I also wish to add that I proudly support marriage equality and always have. Made a stupid mistake and deserved the online kicking I got."
The furore is just the latest media controversy from Renua party members.