PAT KENNY: I WON’T APOLOGISE TO DONEGAL, I HAVE NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR

first_imgNEWSTALK’S Pat Kenny says he has nothing to apologise for after comments he made about people from Donegal.He was involved in an on-air argument with Pearse Doherty last month after the Donegal TD said the county hadn’t benefitted during the boom.Kenny suggested there was full employment and there were jobs available for everyone if they were prepared to travel. Local politicians reacted angrily to the suggestion that people should have to travel to get work.“I have nothing to apologise for. I was just stating the fact that many, many people from Donegal did travel to work during the boom,” the radio presenter told The Herald today.“In other countries people will travel huge distances to find work. In America people will travel a thousand miles to get work.“I think Pearse Doherty just got the wrong end of the stick and got into a bit of a muddle on this. “There was no suggestion whatsoever that people in Donegal were lazy. There were plenty of jobs back then and people did travel from all over Ireland to Dublin and many of them were from Donegal.”Donegal County Council passed a motion this week asking Kenny to apologise.Deputy Doherty insisted however: “Pat Kenny fails to understand Donegal didn’t benefit from the boom. He did offend many with his comments. It was a typical Dublin 4 attitude to rural Ireland that people should travel for work.“There are thousands of families who have had to move to get work during both the so-called Celtic Tiger and during the recession.“My argument was that there was no investment in rural Ireland.” Councillor Gerry McMonagle, seconding the motion, said that “hurt” had been caused by Mr Kenny’s “silly remarks”.PAT KENNY: I WON’T APOLOGISE TO DONEGAL, I HAVE NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Celtic TigerCommentsdonegallazyPat KennyPearse DohertySinn FeinTDlast_img read more