A former MMA fighter has been suspended as a Sinn Fein councillor over “past offensive” remarks about underage ladies – a day after he was pressured to apologise for feedback he made about Eire’s prime minister.
Paddy Holohan – who was often called “The Hooligan” – had claimed on his podcast there have been “some f****** scum girls on the market” and underage ladies have been having intercourse with males after which blackmailing them for as much as €10,000.
It got here after he had previously attracted controversy for saying he would like a “household man” to be Eire’s PM, in an obvious reference to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who’s homosexual.
Sinn Fein chief Mary Lou McDonald mentioned on Friday that the councillor’s newest feedback have been upsetting and “past offensive”, after the get together had beforehand mentioned he ought to apologise to Mr Varadkar.
Mr Holohan has now been suspended from Sinn Fein with fast impact, whereas a disciplinary course of begins.
In a dialogue about girls on his No Disgrace podcast, Mr Holohan had mentioned: “There may be some f****** scum girls on the market as properly.
“And I simply wish to say to you, there is a state of affairs that I heard through the week… anyone was underage, the particular person did not know they have been underage, the woman pursued the man.
“Obtained no matter she wanted, had photos, had movies, after which mentioned ‘I would like 10 grand’. “And that was, that wasn’t the primary particular person, there was a great deal of them.
“What’s that sort of state of affairs is that that is happening in society now? I’ve two sons.
“It petrifies me, petrifies me that anyone may flip round and say I am actually simply going to say that you just attacked me if you happen to do not give me 10 grand.”
On Thursday, Mr Holohan mentioned he “apologised to anybody who was offended” by remarks he made about Mr Varadkar and claimed his feedback had been “misinterpreted”.
In a earlier episode of the No Disgrace podcast, Mr Holohan questioned Mr Varadkar’s connection to Eire due to his Indian heritage and mentioned he would like a “household man” to be taoiseach.
He additionally mentioned: “Leo Varadkar’s blood clearly runs to India so his nice grandfather just isn’t a part of the historical past of this nation.”
Mr Varadkar accepted Mr Holohan’s apology on Thursday, and mentioned many individuals from from a minority background in Eire have possible skilled racism.
“I feel we will by no means do sufficient,” the taoiseach mentioned.
“We simply want to lift consciousness of the problem and ensure that we have now a correctly united nation, whether or not you’re a man or a lady, it doesn’t matter what background you come from, whether or not you are a member of the travelling group or not or who you like.”
Voters will go to the polls in Eire on eight February after Mr Varadkar this week called a general election.