Ireland: Senator withdraws his 'racist' comments
24/01/2013 - Ireland - English
Posted by : Country Coordinator Ireland
A Fianna Fail senator accused of being racist has withdrawn comments in which he said he insists on getting into taxis with Irish drivers because 'non-nationals' don't know where they are going.
Paschal Mooney said he wasn't 'being discriminatory' but it prompted an angry response from immigrant groups.
'We completely agree with Senator Mooney's assertion, he is not being discriminatory – he is being racist,' said Killian Forde, CEO of the Integration Centre.
Mr Mooney made his comments while debating new taxi regulations in the Seanad.
Source : The Irish Independent