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Taoiseach criticised for quizzing Galway woman over English accent

Enda Kenny is accused of patronising the woman.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is coming in for criticism following an exchange with a protester in Galway.

When the woman, who has identified herself on Twitter as Dette McLoughlin, begins to debate with the Taoiseach about water charges he counters with:

You’re not from Galway at all.


To which she replies:

I am!

The clip was posted online by The Galway Advertiser, which identified McLoughlin as living and working in Galway for over 20 years. She was born in Manchester to Irish parents.

Another person is heard in the video telling the Taoiseach:

Lots of Irish people have English accents Enda. It’s called emigration. Another generation is gone.  Another generation will be coming back with English accents as well.

Galway Advertiser / YouTube

Reaction online has been critical of the Taoiseach’s handling of the exchange:

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