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Ming: ‘What did I say that caused offence?’

Luke Ming Flanagan has spoken about his role in the conversation in which his fellow independent TD Mick Wallace called another TD ‘Miss Piggy’.

Luke Ming Flanagan
Luke Ming Flanagan
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LUKE MING FLANAGAN believes there is nothing he has said that is offensive to Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor who was referred to as ‘Miss Piggy’ by Flanagan’s fellow independent deputy Mick Wallace.

Flanagan was responding to his role in an exchange between him, and independent TDs Shane Ross and Mick Wallace in which Wallace referred to the Fine Gael TD Mitchell O’Connor as ‘Miss Piggy’.

Flanagan claimed on RTÉ Radio’s News at One today that he was approached and “admonished” by FG deputy Mitchell O’Connor over his dress sense after a Dáil sitting recently. He said:

She should be apologising to me.

He accused Fine Gael of being behind moves to impose their own dress code upon all members of the Dáil: ”She actually goes further and her party are going further.”

When contacted by TheJournal.ie this afternoon Flanagan did not appear to believe he had anything to apologise for. He asked repeatedly:  ”What did I say that caused offence?”

He would not answer questions regarding his role in the conversation with Wallace and Ross.

Shane Ross could not be contacted by TheJournal.ie but it was reported by Gavin Jennings on News at One that the former senator intends to apologise to Mitchell O’Connor over the remarks.

Read: Wallace labels Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘Miss Piggy’ >

Read: Mitchell O’Connor says ‘I’m over it’ >

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