A MONAGHAN councillor has caused a storm after appearing on a national radio show and giving a xenphobic rant in which he attacked Eastern European migrant workers, accusing them of scrounging off the State.
Cllr Seamus Treanor, who is known for his hard line views on immigration, went on popular talk show, The Right Hook, following an article in the Irish Independent which claimed a Donegal based Polish woman had written an article in a Polish paper about living it up on social welfare here in Ireland.
The article had been lambasted on the show as being an inaccurate translation of the original piece printed in a Polish newspaper, so Cllr Treanor decided to ring the show to let off some steam.
In a three minute tirade, an enraged Cllr Treanor claimed that 80 per cent of the people he met on street outside the dole office were from Eastern Europe and that many of them were living off social welfare benefits, benefits he claims the many Irish people who have emigrated at not relying on.
Cllr Treanor described it as “a national disgrace” and said that the Independent should be commended for the piece, not attacked.
He also claimed that “40,000 people were flying in and out of Ireland” during the ash cloud last year for the purpose of claiming welfare benefits.
He went on to claim that Eastern Europeans were turning up at Social Welfare Offices with “interpreters to claim benefits”.
Speaking with Monaghan Democrat following the broadcast, Cllr Treanor told the paper: “I’m just telling it as it is. I don’t blame the Polish people for doing what they are doing, the system is wrong and it is there to be abused.
“The word has gone out and back to Poland and these people are clearing out the country. Simple as. €8billion a year in benefits are now flowing out the country to Eastern Europeans.
“There are some great Polish people here that are out early in the morning and working very hard. There are even a group of Polish workers who I have parking in my yard. I have no problem with these.
“It’s the PC (political correctness) brigade out there who are calling me a racist eveytime I say something about this. I can take it on the chin, I’ve run a business all my life and I’ve stood up for what I believe.”
Cllr Treanor believes emmigration policy is too lax in Ireland and that criminals are getting into the country.
“They should get six months worth of dole and be told to leave.”