Paris Terror Attack: 'Nothing I said condones the likes of ISIS’ – TD Mick Wallace defends Paris attack tweet
Independent TD MICK Wallace has stood by a controversial remark he made on social media about the Paris terror attacks which left 127 people dead, saying his comment about French military action in “no way” condones the massacre.
On Friday evening as the tragic events in Paris unfolded, the Wexford TD tweeted that: “So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop [its] role in the militarisation of the planet?”
Clare Daly, a TD for Dublin North, retweeted the comment, describing the attacks in Paris as "tragedy beyond belief" but asking "it's always the right time to ask why or it will go on".
So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop it's role in the militarisation of the planet? https://t.co/jjymbD2w0k— Mick Wallace (@wallacemick) November 13, 2015
Both TDs were heavy criticised on social media for the post, with many questioning the timing of the comment.
Fine Gael TD for Galway-East Paul Connaughton weighed in on the debate, writing "@mickwallaceTD perhaps it would be better to hold off on talk of why this happened and hope that no more lives are lost".
Earlier today however, Deputy Wallace defend his original Twitter post, telling RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne show that he did not regret the remark.
“I don’t say things lightly. I feel very strongly about [the issue],” he said.
“Under no circumstances do I condone the likes of ISIS.
“All the people who died are so innocent of anything that’s going on.”
The Wexford TD went on to say that he was shocked by last night’s terror attack, saying the actions of those involved were “completely unjustifiable.”
“It’s just horrific. It hardly bears thinking about…
It was an inhumane act… It’s too bad for words,” he added.