The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has launched a scathing attack on Anti-Austerity and People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy for his actions during the Jobsstown fiasco and it’s recent public inquiry.
Mr Varadkar who speaking on Wednesday said that Mr Murphy’s actions throughout the entire campaign were completely unacceptable and that he is no victim and he should offer an apology to former Tanaiste Joan Burton and Karen O’Donnell.
The Taoiseach’s comments come after Mr Murphy raised the issue about the outcome of the recent inquiry despite strong opposition in the Dail on Wednesday.
Speaking before the Dail Mr Varadkar told Mr Murphy that he was no a victim nor was he the victim of any conspiracy.
The Taoiseach further stated that he had no right to complain, saying: “You got a fair trial here and you were acquitted. But that doesn’t mean your behaviour was right.”
“It may well be the case that you weren’t engaged in kidnapping but it was thuggery and your behaviour was wrong. The protest was ugly. It was violent. It was nasty.”
He added: “The coverage showed the anger, the virulence, the words being directed at two women going about their work, a water balloon being thrown in someone’s face. All those things are something that is unbecoming in somebody who is a member of this House”.
“Instead of trying to present yourself as a victim and demanding a public inquiry you should offer a public apology to Deputy Burton and Ms O’Connell.”