Marc MacSharry says "if the KKK is selling a vaccine", Ireland should buy it
An utterly bizarre comment from the Fianna Fáil TD.
Marc MacSharry said that "if the KKK is selling a vaccine", Ireland should be buying it, when speaking to his fellow party members on Wednesday night.
The Fianna Fáil TD was speaking about how Ireland should be getting in contact with Russia, seeking to buy its Sputnik vaccine for Covid-19, when he made the analogy.
He apologised shortly after the news leaked, stating that there "is no excuse" for what he said.
He said: "As someone who conversationally uses extreme analogies at times, those who know me know precisely where I am coming from.
"However the reference to that organisation was wrong and I unequivocally withdrew it and apologised to all present and wish to do the same to all who learned of this grievous error through media leaks from the meeting.
"There is no excuse for the use of such an analogy. I abhor the existence of such organisations and the outrageous perverse and criminal positions they adopt."
MacSharry's apology was not issued publicly, nor was a wider explanation offered.
The KKK is a shortened name given to the Ku Klux Klan, a notorious American white supremacist hate group.