Thursday 12 December 2019

Fine Gael minister hits back at party colleague over 'utterly inappropriate' comments

Helen McEntee (left) and Regina Doherty
Helen McEntee (left) and Regina Doherty
Helen McEntee

Niall O'Connor

A Fine Gael minister has described comments made about her by the Government Chief Whip as “utterly inappropriate”.

Helen McEntee, the minister of State at the Department of Health, hit out at her party colleague Regina Doherty following remarks she made in a newspaper interview.

Ms Doherty told today's Irish Times that Ms McEntee “would walk past me in the corridor and wouldn’t even blink her eyes.”

Ms Doherty added: “I don’t know why.”

Both Ms Doherty and Ms McEntee represent the Meath East constituency.

While it is known within the party that the pair share a fierce rivalry, Ms Doherty’s remarks will take TDs by surprise.

Speaking to Independent.ie on Thursday, Ms McEntee said she will be dealing with the issue internally.

“They are utterly inappropriate comments to make about a colleague. I intend to address the matter internally in the party.”

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