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19th November 2019 | Direct provision, Immigration, Press Releases

Fine Gael must cut ties with Verona Murphy over dangerous comments

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Parties must adopt candidate protocols ahead of General Election to ensure uninformed, inflammatory language has no place in future campaigns.

The Green Party has today called on Fine Gael to cut ties with their by-election candidate in Wexford, Verona Murphy, as comments she has made continue to come to light.

The Green Party’s by-election candidate for Wexford, Karin Dubsky said today: “I have worked in the past in Kosovo, with returning refugees, and my own parents were refugees from Latvia and Poland. They escaped persecution in their home countries, and I was ten years old when they moved us to Saltmills in South Wexford. We were welcomed by the local community. I dread to think of how different our experience might have been if politicians at that time were openly encouraging fear and distrust of migrants.

“Over the last few days we have learned of a number of deeply disturbing comments which have been made by Verona Murphy – not just about migrants, but also about some of the most socially disadvantaged people in our communities. Ms Murphy must realise that public representatives have a duty to prove they can legislate fairly and in the best interests of all their constituents. If my family was arriving in Ireland today in search of safety, we would not feel represented by someone harbouring the views that have been expressed by Ms Murphy.

“Her comments betray deeply held prejudices against some of our most marginalised and discriminated-against communities. She has proven herself unfit to be a public representative.”

The Green Party’s candidate in Dublin Fingal, Cllr. Joe O’Brien, who has been working in the area of migrant rights for two decades, said: “Verona Murphy should stand down, but regrettably the deadline for withdrawal of candidacy has now passed. In light of that fact, Fine Gael must stop defending her, stop funding her, and publicly cut ties with her. Public representatives, and those wishing to be, should show leadership, integrity and dignity. In light of these developments, all political parties should put in place candidate protocols ahead of the General Election to ensure that there are appropriate and swift sanctions against those who stir hate, disinformation and prejudice.”