Micheal Martin has insisted he stands by his criticism of Phil Hogan, saying he won’t take “any lectures” from the Environment Minister, who he says has “some nerve” to call for an apology.
The Fianna Fail leader has claimed the terms of reference for the Boundary Commission have been changed to aid the current government. Martin said it “probably represents the biggest gerrymander in the last 35 years.”
Hogan hit back at Martin’s claims when speaking with KCLR earlier today, claiming the accusations betrayed desperation from the leader of the opposition.
“It demonstrates that Micheál Martin is not doing too well politically when he has to play the man and not the ball,” Hogan said to KCLR.
“We had an independent boundary commission, [Micheál Martin is] effectively accusing the membership of this commission of political corruption, which is a very low blow for those honourable people that have done a good job for local government in drawing up new boundaries for the first time in many, many years,” Hogan added.
Martin has rejected Hogan’s assessment, saying he does not “in any shape or form underestimate the capacity of Phil Hogan to organise something like this.” Martin further added that he won’t be offering any apology for his remarks.
“We saw that straight away when the terms of reference were published, that that skewing was going on,” he said.
“Look, he’s an old hand at the game and I don’t in any shape or form underestimate the capacity of Phil Hogan to organise something like this.
“Our criticism stands, I think Phil Hogan has some nerve really and I don’t take any lectures from him,” Martin said.
Image: Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, speaking to the media at the Party's Ard Fheis at the INEC in Killarney. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland