• Labour Senator takes to twitter to defend comments, insults all around him

    Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte's twitter account sought to defend his earlier comments telling a Polish woman to go home.
    Many of you will be aware of the ongoing controversy over the Irish Independent's "interpretation" of an article in a Polish newspaper yesterday which has ignited some controversy both here on Politics.ie and elsewhere. The most surprising of all things yesterday was the comment from Senator Jimmy Harte saying that the woman in question should "go home". In fact Senator Harte offered to buy the ticket himself.

    I was one of many people who was, to put it mildly, a little surprised at Senator Harte's comments that the woman in question should "go home".

    https://twitter.com/#!/davidcochrane...35780696915968

    It ignited much attention, and it was very quickly established before 10am that the article was incorrectly translated. Whoops!

    The Indo piece sparked much criticism, including from the Polish Embassy. TheJournal.ie sought (and got) a comment from the Polish Ambassador to Ireland criticizing the Indo's article.

    The Irish Independent has this morning
    sought to clarify their article yesterday now saying that the Polish article was "inaccurately translated". and this morning's edition of Morning Ireland included an interview with the Polish Ambassador who criticised the Irish Independent over the remarks. Morning Ireland host Cathal Mac Coille said the critism was soundly based, saying that it wasn't Morning Ireland's "intention to misrepresent what was said or to needlessly offend any Polish people listening".

    But people were offended by yesterday's show. Especially with Senator Harte's comments. There were many people on Twitter which found his comments surprising, many of those tweets included his twitter handle, so he could see the comments. Which is what we assume he did, just after 1am last night. His account (right now we're assuming it was him) responded late last night in defence - from about 1am to just before 2am. At least, we think he was defending his comments, or at least trying to.

    The tweets, which we have screenshots of, tells one user to "go back up the mountain you came down from", tells another to "get a life", asks another if they've ever had a non-national in their home (we didn't get that either). The last tweet on the account has a go at a users saying "with a face like yours I would nt advertise your pict". Harte calls another a "FF lackey" that "looks like Dunphy". Other tweets by Harte accuse twitter users of being xenophobic and anti-Donegal.

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    This particular exchange with one user is my personal favourite.....
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    The tweets have all since been deleted with no comment from the account. We've reached out to Senator Harte via the Labour Press Office asking for a comment on what happened. Harte told the Donegal Daily that he had withdrawn his comments as the translation of the article was wrong. Harte said it was the Irish Independent that approached him for a comment in yesterday's piece.

    We spoke to Labour at 9.30am and asked them for a comment, we're still awaiting a reply, once we have that, we'll share it here.

    Update at 1.35

    Labour has tweeted an apology on behalf of Senator Harte for his remarks on twitter last night.

    https://twitter.com/#!/labour/status/165063962092777473

    I wish to apologise for comments I made on Twitter last night following the Irish Independent article on a Polish resident in Donegal.

    The comments were made in the heat of the moment and went well beyond an acceptable level of online interaction.

    I accept full responsibility for what I said, and fully withdraw my remarks. I unreservedly apologise for any offence they may have caused.
    Senator Jimmy Harte
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    Comments 89 Comments
    1. Clanrickard's Avatar
      Clanrickard -
      1am? hmm..........
    1. Harmonica's Avatar
      Harmonica -
      The dangers of cheap alcohol.
    1. Sierra's Avatar
      Sierra -
      Someone was tanked up last night one would imagine.
    1. wee slabber's Avatar
      wee slabber -
      Oh dear! What a Twit. Someone remove his keyboard quickly. And he's a Senator! Lord preserve us from such "intellectuals"!
    1. eoghanacht's Avatar
      eoghanacht -
      Quote Originally Posted by Harmonica View Post
      The dangers of cheap alcohol.


      .............and easy access to the world wide web.
    1. riven's Avatar
      riven -
      Interesting. Will he say the same to Johnny standidle who has been claiming for years while getting work under the table?
    1. MacBeth's Avatar
      MacBeth -
      Another reason to abolish the senate?
    1. Nemesiscorporation's Avatar
      Nemesiscorporation -
      Harte needs to apologise for his racist comments.

      He also needs to make clear to the Polish community that not only his comments were out of line, but so was the Irish Independant.

      As someone who grew up around Donegal, I can safely state that Donegal has never had an elected politician of any note whatsoever.

      My personal opinion regarding politics in Donegal is that ever four or so years we vote for the most annoying and useless person in Donegal, so as to get rid of them for four years to give our heads peace, from there inane gibberish.
    1. Tomas Mor's Avatar
      Tomas Mor -
      Hi What about the Indo that started all this racism. They are refusing to come on radio to clarify. Lost in Translation ?
    1. topcat4's Avatar
      topcat4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MacBeth View Post
      Another reason to abolish the senate?
      No, another reason to reform the Senate. We need to get rid of these party hacks from the Senate, and get democraticly elected Senators into it.

      Just read the tweets here on P.ie, jaysus what a clown, any statement from the Labour party yet??
    1. MacBeth's Avatar
      MacBeth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
      Harte needs to apologise for his racist comments.

      He also needs to make clear to the Polish community that not only his comments were out of line, but so was the Irish Independant.

      As someone who grew up around Donegal, I can safely state that Donegal has never had an elected politician of any note whatsoever.

      My personal opinion regarding politics in Donegal is that ever four or so years we vote for the most annoying and useless person in Donegal, so as to get rid of them for four years to give our heads peace, from there inane gibberish.
      Some would say Pearce Doherty has been quite successful and good on national issues.

      But the Labour Party in Donegal seems to be a bit of a joke. Remember Frank McBrearty Jnr?
    1. shoneen's Avatar
      shoneen -
      Hacked, surely ....
    1. Seanie Lemass's Avatar
      Seanie Lemass -
      Quote Originally Posted by MacBeth View Post
      Some would say Pearce Doherty has been quite successful and good on national issues.

      But the Labour Party in Donegal seems to be a bit of a joke. Remember Frank McBrearty Jnr?

      Ah Frank! Missing him already. Apparently he told some woman at a door during the bye election what 'she needed'. Well, you can imagine what Frank thought she was in need of The care bears in Labour must be mortified by all this stuff.

      That in itself makes it so wonderful
    1. RobertW's Avatar
      RobertW -
      So this is the standard required to become a Labour Party Senator?

      Close the Senate.

      Furthermore the Labour Party are proving themselves to be a serious bunch of amateurs in opposition and government -

      From Gilmore for Taoiseach to Balanced Government - It's only fair [i.e. Gis a go] to Labour's way or Frankfurts way to the many cuts they have no problem supporting in Government but denounced in opposition.

      A crowd of shysters and spoofers
    1. topcat4's Avatar
      topcat4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shoneen View Post
      Hacked, surely ....
      For his sake, you would hope, he will hardly survive if he wrote that drivel.
    1. Libero's Avatar
      Libero -
      This clown makes Jim McDaid look respectable.
    1. IrishBrit's Avatar
      IrishBrit -
      Unbelievable ************************e, the man speaks for the vast majority of people in this country when he said she should go home.

      The polish sponger came here paid sweet fa to the tax system then quits her job to sponge of the state. Jail time and deportation is what she should get.

      Anyone who defends her is a fe kin twit.
    1. TheYouthVote's Avatar
      TheYouthVote -
      Isn't it rule 1 of being a politician that you don't rise to peoples insults? Never mind insulting them back?
    1. RobertW's Avatar
      RobertW -
      Quote Originally Posted by IrishBrit View Post
      Unbelievable ************************e, the man speaks for the vast majority of people in this country when he said she should go home.

      The polish sponger came here paid sweet fa to the tax system then quits her job to sponge of the state. Jail time and deportation is what she should get.

      Anyone who defends her is a fe kin twit.
      Another racist has just joined P.ie by the looks of things!
    1. Hugo7's Avatar
      Hugo7 -
      Senator Jimmy Harte-
      B.A. in Psychology at University College Dublin, 1980-
      A credit to The Senate and third level education in Ireland.
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