FG TD Coonan backtracks over ISIS remarks

  • Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has backtracked from remarks he made in the Dail yesterday warning that Ireland faced 'an ISIS situation' if the water charge protests weren't 'nipped in the bud'.

  • Coonan told Newstalk that he may have gone 'overboard' to use ISIS comparison, although he added if he didn't use it he may not have got attention for his remarks. 

  • TD said anarchists would have been a more appropriate turn of phrase. 

  • Coonan also apologised for any offending any Dubliners with his remarks yesterday saying protesters from the capital were 'act like parasites'. 

Coonan Newstalk interview