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Priest hits out at Clare Daly TD in row over Dail prayers


Clare Daly

Clare Daly

Clare Daly

A CATHOLIC priest has hit out at left wing TD Clare Daly over her bid to end prayers being said in the Dail.

Fr Martin Doohan, parish priest of Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal, told his congregation that he'd rather "follow Jesus than Clare Daly".

The Lord's Prayer is said in Irish and English at the start of Dail proceedings by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, and calls on deputies to be inspired and assisted by Christ and that "every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and by Thee be happily ended; through Christ our Lord. Amen".

Deputy Daly (inset) described the recital of the prayer as "offensive" and claimed it had no place in modern Ireland.

Fr Doohan told Mass-goers at Holy Cross chapel in Dunfanaghy that Deputy Daly was wrong in her comments.

"I was surprised she found the recital of a prayer both 'offensive' and outdated in modern society," said Fr Doohan.