Monday 22 January 2018

Stephen Donnelly gets tongue tied as he denies writing Sunday Independent column

Mary Wilson and Stephen Donnelly
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Fianna Fáil’s new recruit Stephen Donnelly got tongue tied on radio this evening when he was probed about a Sunday Independent column he wrote in 2014.

RTE Drivetime host Mary Wilson quoted from the column where the politician, paraphrasing an unnamed person, described Fianna Fáil as being part of a culture of "jobs for the boys, bonuses for the boys, lack of accountability and two fingers to the Dail".

The Wicklow TD went on to write: "I hate it when the cynics are right."

When asked about this, Mr Donnelly responded: "I don't know where you are quoting from."

Ms Wilson said she was quoting it from his Sunday Independent column.

"That's certainly not my language, I stand to be corrected," the politician responded.  "I don't believe I wrote those words. It doesn't sound like the kind of language I use."

Ms Wilson went on to say that she had just been told the quotes were on Mr Donnelly's website as well and she continued to push him on the quote.

Mr Donnelly tried to change the subject but the radio host wasn't going to let it go.

"You have left a trail of commentary on your twitter feed, on your website, in your writings in the Sunday Independent and indeed in your commentary on other radio shows," said Ms Wilson.

Eventually Mr Donnelly conceded: "I stand corrected."

Read the column here and tell us what you think:

Is Stephen Donelly's decision to join Fianna Fáil a cynical political move or the only way to make real change?


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