29 March 2006

Harney remark sparks furore

Daily Ireland

by John Fallon

A councillor last night refused to withdraw a derogatory remark about health minister Mary Harney.
Fine Gael councillor Austin Francis O’Malley had said she needed to “get her fat finger out” to resolve health issues in Mayo. Mr O’Malley was addressing a meeting of the Health Service Executive Western Area in Galway.
Fianna Fáil councillor Aidan Colleary, the Health Service Executive Western Area chairman, asked Mr O’Malley to withdraw the remark but the Mayo councillor refused to do so and went on to repeat the insult.
“I will withdraw nothing. We are on the hind tit for everything in Mayo, whether it is roads or jobs. The health service is pathetic and Minister Harney needs to get her fat finger out and get it sorted,” he said.
Several councillors distanced themselves from the remark and urged him to withdraw it.

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