Keating’s comments in Dail spark anger

by Gazette Reporter
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THERE has been angry reaction to a statement made in the Dail by local TD Derek Keating, but the Fine Gael Deputy denies he was targeting single mothers.
Leah Speight, of SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids), said that she was offended by Deputy Keating’s remarks.
“As a single mother in Derek Keating’s constituency, I am deeply offended by his comments. One of the hardest battles single mothers have to fight is discrimination.”
However, Deputy Keating said that the target of his remarks were fathers who were “reneging on their responsibilities”.
“What I am saying is that we, as a Government, must protect the most vulnerable in our society, including single mothers,” he said.

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