Independent Tipperary TD and leader of the Dáil Rural Independent Group Mattie McGrath has strenuously rejected claims that he specifically compared the proposed vaccine pass legislation for hospitality and indoor dining to the Jewish holocaust.
Deputy McGrath went on to say that while he has described the draconian legislation enacted by Dáil Eireann as reminiscent of 1930’s Germany, he categorically did not draw a specific equivalence between the current Irish situation and the systemic murder of the Jewish population.
Attempts to suggest that he was making such a comparison were further described by Deputy McGrath as ‘spurious, manipulative and political driven attempts to demonise his opposition to the governments vaccine pass proposals.”:
Deputy McGrath went on to say:
“I will not be lectured to by this Taoiseach, any member of his government or indeed any member of this Dáil when they continue to insist that I am engaged in false equivalences on this matter. I have never used the word ‘holocaust’ despite the misleading assertions of the Taoiseach and others.