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Ireland FG candidate Verona Murphy apologises for saying asylum seekers need to be 'deprogrammed'

16:50  18 november  2019
16:50  18 november  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

Fine Gael candidate says some asylum seekers need to be 'deprogrammed' of potential ISIS links

  Fine Gael candidate says some asylum seekers need to be 'deprogrammed' of potential ISIS links A Fine Gael by-election candidate has got herself in hot water over comments about the need for some asylum seekers coming to Ireland to be "deprogrammed." Verona Murphy, a candidate in the Wexford by-election on November 29 said some of these people "carry angst" and may have been "infiltrated by ISIS". Verona Murphy, a candidate in the Wexford by-election on November 29 said some of these people "carry angst" and may have been "infiltrated by ISIS".

A Fine Gael by-election candidate has said some asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be " deprogrammed " as they "carry angst" and may have been "infiltrated by ISIS". Verona Murphy , who is standing in the Wexford by-election

Verona Murphy , the Fine Gael candidate in the November 29 Wexford by-election, said she had used a “very poor choice of words” when discussing Ms Murphy said that some asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be “ deprogrammed ” as they “carry angst”. She also said some may have been

a close up of a woman © Fine Gael

FINE GAEL ELECTION candidate Verona Murphy has issued an apology over her comments suggesting asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be “deprogrammed” as they may have been “infiltrated by ISIS”. 

Murphy, a by-election candidate in Wexford and president of the Irish Road Haulage Association, made the comments speaking on RTÉ’s This Week Programme. 

“I believe there are issues with the direct provision, and I believe that the people of Oughterard were absolutely justified because they hadn’t been given enough information,” she said. 

“There people are coming from such war-torn countries that they have to be deprogrammed, for the want of a better word, but through support services. 

Everyone in public life has responsibility to 'take care with language' - Tánaiste on FG candidate's asylum seeker comments

  Everyone in public life has responsibility to 'take care with language' - Tánaiste on FG candidate's asylum seeker comments Tánaiste Simon Coveney warned that everyone in Irish public life has a responsibility to take great care with their language when dealing with vulnerable, minority or refugee groups. His comments came as he defended under-fire Wexford by-election candidate Verona Murphy who has been criticised for comments she passed about asylum seekers. His comments came as he defended under-fire Wexford by-election candidate Verona Murphy who has been criticised for comments she passed about asylum seekers.

Verona Murphy , a candidate in the Wexford by-election on November 29 said some of these people "carry angst" and may have been "infiltrated by ISIS". “People coming here fleeing persecution deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. They need to be given opportunities to forge a

Fine Gael’s Verona Murphy . Verona Murphy , a candidate in the Wexford by-election on November 29 said some of these people "carry angst" and may have been "infiltrated by ISIS". "These people are coming from such war-torn countries that they have to be deprogrammed , for the want of a better

“They carry angst that you wouldn’t ordinarily see, possibly infiltrated by ISIS, and we have to protect ourselves against that. 

“There are support services available, but they have to be available as much as the accommodation. Do not house those people where those support services are not readily available.”

In a statement following the broadcast, Murphy described her comments as a “poor choice of words”. 

“This was a very poor choice of words and I am very sorry to anyone who was offended by them,” she said. 

“People coming here fleeing persecution deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. They need to be given opportunities to forge a new start for themselves and their families.

“The point I was trying to make was that some people coming to this country do so from very difficult circumstances and the support services they need here have a vital role in helping them.”

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Fine Gael's by-election candidate in Wexford, Verona Murphy has apologised after she said some asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be During her RTE interview she said : “These people are coming from such war-torn countries that they have to be deprogrammed , for the want of a better

An asylum - seeker is a person who has left their country and is seeking protection from persecution and serious human rights violations in another country, but who Like most agencies and organizations, we at Amnesty International understand migrants to be people staying outside their country of origin, who

Minister of State for Housing Damien English © Press Association Minister of State for Housing Damien English

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, Minster of State, Damien English said he did not agree with the Wexford candidate’s views. 

“To be clear on this, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t agree with what Verona said and Fine Gael wouldn’t agree with those views,” he said. 

“They were completely wrong and they were out-of-order, they were a poor choice of words… they didn’t come out right, she has corrected that. 

English said that Murphy’s comments were made during a broadcast in which a number of issues were discussed and as she has now apologised for her comments, “that is good enough for me”.

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