Leo Varadkar says he spoke to Wexford TD Paul Kehoe about a “drugs” comment in the Dáil

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has spoken to Wexford TD Paul Kehoe after making a comment about “drugs” while discussing problems in Dublin’s O’Connell Street in the Dáil.

r Kehoe said he was “absolutely ashamed” of the street and said it was “riddled with drugs, crime, anti-social behavior, robberies, takeaways, alcohol, substance abuse”.

He has since been criticized by opposition politicians, with Social Democrat TD Gary Gannon saying his comments were “pathetic”.

The Fine Gael leader said the term was “pejorative” and said it was not acceptable to use it when talking about people with addiction problems.

“I was in touch with Paul yesterday and he accepts that he shouldn’t have used that term. It’s a derogatory term and he shouldn’t have used it and he’s very clear about that and I’m very clear about that,” Mr Varadkar said.

“Many drug users suffer from addiction, and those of us who have experienced addiction, whether through families or through our friends, understand what that means.”

Mr Varadkar said he did not know if Mr Kehoe would apologize for his use of the word in the Dáil.

“He got on the radio and did that, so maybe he’ll do that, too,” he said.

Speaking on South East Radio yesterday morning, Mr Kehoe made no apologies for his use of the term “drugs” and stated that even if “the PC Brigade” disliked it, he stood by his words.

Speaking to RTÉ later that same day, he retracted his comments, saying he “may have used poor language choice and I accept that”.

Mr Varadkar said Mr Kehoe was “clear” in his comments on the radio.

“I think he made it very clear both on the radio yesterday and when I spoke to him that the particular term he used is not acceptable and that is my view as well.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/leo-varadkar-says-he-spoke-to-wexford-td-paul-kehoe-over-druggies-comment-in-dail-42081985.html Leo Varadkar says he spoke to Wexford TD Paul Kehoe about a “drugs” comment in the Dáil

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