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Sinn Féin Suspend Paddy Holohan Over 'Offensive' Comments

Sinn Féin Suspend Paddy Holohan Over 'Offensive' Comments

Sinn Féin councillor and former MMA fighter Paddy Holohan will be disciplined by the party after more alleged comments made on his podcast emerged.

Earlier this week, Holohan apologised for comments he made about the Taoiseach’s heritage and family status. Speaking on ‘No Shame’, he said Leo Varadkar was "separated from society".

Leo Varadkar’s blood obviously runs to India. His great-grandfather is not part of the history of this country. Now Leo obviously is. He is an Irish citizen but his passion doesn’t go back to the times when our passion goes back to.

He went on to clarify he was in support of immigration and "bringing people into the country".

The Fine Gael leader said he accepted the apology.

On Friday, new remarks emerged in the media.

Speaking to the media about these further alleged comments, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said the party will begin disciplinary procedures.

"I have moved immediately to the party's disciplinary procedures, all of that matter is now in hand and disciplinary action will be taken," Ms McDonald said.

Obviously the comments themselves are offensive, they are beyond offensive. I actually find them upsetting. I am very shocked at the comments made and the party's disciplinary procedure is now activated as we speak.

The Party later confirmed Holohan has been suspended.

Maurice Brosnan

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