Taoiseach stands by Verona Murphy despite further controversial remarks

Fine Gael byelection candidate said addiction and bad choices lead people to become homeless

Verona Murphy: ‘We also have to take into account that possibility that Isis have already manipulated children as young as three or four’. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Verona Murphy: ‘We also have to take into account that possibility that Isis have already manipulated children as young as three or four’. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is standing by the Fine Gael candidate in the Wexford byelection Verona Murphy, despite the emergence of further controversial comments.

Tuesday morning’s Wexford People newspaper reports that Ms Murphy said addiction and bad personal choices led people to become homeless. She also criticised Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in an interview. The paper quotes Ms Murphy as saying: “His attitude is let them have cake”.

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