Sunday February 16, 2020

Collins’ remarks reflect fears of growing coarseness in politics

Disgust in Leinster House at independent TD calling Shane Ross ‘one of the biggest scumbags’ in politics

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

12th February, 2020
Michael Collins and the Healy-Raes had tried unsuccessfully to block Shane Ross’s changes to drink-driving legislation. Picture:

Michael Collins is the latest politician to have some explaining to do after the independent TD was caught calling outgoing Minister for Transport Shane Ross “one of the biggest scumbags” in politics.

He has blamed “tiredness” for his remarks at a post-election rally after what had no doubt been a gruelling campaign.

The comments have gone down very badly with fellow politicians in Leinster House since they were reported on by...

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