Michael Healy-Rae has said that many TDs are opposed to the opening of economic sectors because they have “anti-business” attitudes stemming from personal “laziness.”
The remarks were made during a Dáil debate on the vaccine passport bill.
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“We should allow for people’s judgement to operate in their premises in their own way, but again the Minister does not trust them,” he said, referring to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
“I suggest that the Minister has some kind of anti-publican and anti-business outlook.”
Healy-Rae went on to slam TDs who he said claimed to represent the working classes, but have an “anti-work ethic.”
“We also have some Deputies who jump up and down here and who profess to represent working people,” he said.
“They are the very people who would run a million miles if they met a day’s work. Yet, we see them jumping up and down here at every opportunity and saying that we should close this and shut that. They are saying that because they have an anti-work ethic.
“They would not work to save their lives. It is lucky that they are Deputies because if they had to live in any other world and do something, they could not get out of their own way with the height of their laziness.
“Those Deputies are in here yapping and yapping. Their mouths are the only muscles in their bodies that get exercised,” he added.