Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has welcomed the apology from Leo Varadkar for controversial remarks made in the Dáil last week.
During exchanges with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, the Taoiseach said: “I am always amused and bemused that Deputy Martin likes to accuse me of being partisan and personal yet, as evidenced by his name calling today, he is very capable of being partisan and personal himself.
“The deputy reminds me of one of those parish priests who preaches from the altar telling us to avoid sin while secretly going behind the altar and engaging in any amount of sin himself”. After a major outcry over the comments, the Taoiseach apologised to offended Catholics the following day.
Deputy Murphy said the remarks were “appalling”.
“His comments were deeply hurtful to many including priests, sufferers of child abuse and others.
“I cannot understand what he was thinking at the time. I expect the Taoiseach may make an apology to all this week, including FF leader Micheál Martin. We as politicians must practice respect for others,” concluded Deputy Murphy.