Women drivers remark lands Ireton in sexism claim row
CLLR Robbie Ireton was forced into a U-turn after he commented on women drivers' behaviours.
The North Wexford councillor asked for a breakdown of the proportion of women compared to men who were fined a total of €2,628,889 in 2014 in parking fees and charges. This compares to a figure of €2,453,550 for 2013.
Chairperson Cllr Malcolm Byrne took exception to the question, describing it as bizarre, while an outraged Cllr Deirdre Wadding also pulled him up on it.
'Ah for God's sake Robbie! Jesus Christ!' she said. 'The mobile phone seems to be stuck constantly to their bloody ears,' Cllr Ireton carried on oblivious, referring to the fairer sex.
Cllr Byrne made it clear that Wexford County Council has nothing against female drivers.
'Can we ask our colleague to refrain from making sexist remarks,' Cllr Wadding said.
A subdued Cllr Ireton replied: 'I didn't say I had a problem with female drivers. I was looking for statistics.'