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Wexford Councillor apologises for using racist phrase during debate

Wexford Councillor apologises for using racist phrase during debate

Kevin Galvin

A Wexford Councillor has apologised for using the n-word during a council debate.

Fianna Fรกil Cllr Pip Breen used the remark in a heated exchange to describe the planning regulator Niall Cussen.

Breen described Cussen as a "n***** in the woodpile" during a heated debate about the county development plan, before immediately withdrawing the remark during an online council meeting on Monday.

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There has been some controversy about the plan, in which the regular is seeking for more high-density residential housing in towns and villages, and a significant reduction of one-off rural houses.

Councillor Breen told local radio he was mortified at having made the remark:

"I used a very unfortunate remark" said the Councillor, now in his 70th year.

"I don't know where it came from or how it came into my head, and I used it, but I immediately withdrew it and apologised for using it.

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"I was a remark I have never used before, I don't know where it came from."

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