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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Kenny is so arrogant for telling me to get a job

AN unemployed bus driver has today described Enda Kenny as "smug" and an "arrogant git" after the Taoiseach told him to find a job.

Gordon Hudson (54) has demanded an apology from Mr Kenny following a heated exchange on the campaign trail for the Fiscal Treaty.

Mr Hudson, an anti-household charge campaigner, today said he was "taken aback" when told by Mr Kenny: "You could do with a day's work, I'd say."

The comment was made after Mr Hudson confronted the Taoiseach while he was out campaigning for a Yes vote in the upcoming Fiscal Treaty referendum.

After telling Mr Kenny to "take the bridge, head west and stay there", Mr Kenny shot back and told the Athlone man to get a job.

Speaking to the Herald today, Mr Hudson accused Mr Kenny of being an "arrogant git" before demanding an apology.

"I couldn't believe it when he turned round to me and said 'You could do with a day's work, I'd say'.

"This is supposed to be the leader of our country and for him to make comments like that is completely unacceptable."

"Enda Kenny is a smug, arrogant git and I am demanding a full apology and retraction," he added. Mr Hudson said he has worked for 29 years in the bus and taxi business but that work has dried up with the recession.

The comment by Mr Kenny came amid heated scenes in Athlone. The Taoiseach was first involved in an angry exchange with a father who accused him of forcing his son to emigrate.

Peadar Doyle (59) confronted Mr Kenny as he arrived at the Golden Island Shopping Centre over the stealth taxes and the household charge.

"Back in 1958, I was forced out of this country. You are now forcing my children and my grandchildren out of this country," said Mr Doyle.

"I'm not forcing anybody out," Mr Kenny hit back. "Don't make a charge like that on me. They are leaving, unfortunately -- we are trying to rectify that situation." The Taoiseach's office could not provide a comment in time for going to press.

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