Businessman and former presidential candidate Peter Casey has spoken out in defence of embattled TD Noel Grealish even though his figures of remittance are incorrect.
Deputy Grealish claimed that almost €3.55 billion was sent to Nigeria. It’s understood that his comments are based on figures contained in World Bank reports. However, thejournal.ie reports that his figures are estimates provided by Nigerian authorities and not accurate data.
Deputy Grealish alleged that “€10 billion” had been sent abroad in the last eight years according to RTE.
Thejournal.ie reported that stating that “€3.54 billion was sent to Nigeria” from people living in Ireland over the past eight years is incorrect.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Grealish had a back and fourth debate over the matter in the Chamber.
Some on social media claimed that Grealish was a “racist” over the matter while Peter Casey defended him.
“Grealish is not a racist. All he did was ask a question about finances. The World Bank says one thing and @LeoVaradkar says another and after the lies Leo told about the Children’s Hospital, the NBP and Direct Provision, I would believe the World Bank!”
The original article published here was a report on the annunciations made by Noel Grealish TD in Dail Eireann. The original figures reported by TheLiberal.ie were not stated as fact and were not based on anything other than comments made by Noel Grealish TD. Various other news media, including Thejournal.ie have reported that his figures and observations are incorrect.
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