Naas mayor 'to reflect on position' after race row

The Mayor of Naas Darren Scully has said he will "reflect on his position" after a race row erupted when he said he would no longer represent black Africans.

Cllr Scully said he made the decision to refuse representation to black Africans based on what he described as their "aggressive" attitude when making representations to him.

Speaking to KFM, Darren Scully said he would refer any black African seeking assistance from him to another of his council colleagues.

He stressed his view was wholly his own, and not that of Naas County Council.

"I have been met with aggressiveness and bad manners," he said. "(I have also been met with) the race card, (with people saying) 'Oh yeah, you will help white people, but you don't help black people'.

"So after a while I made a decision that I was just not going to take on representations from black Africans, that I would be very courteous to them and I would pass on their query to other public representatives.

"Everything I do as a councillor is for the general good…It saddens me that people would call me a racist, because I'm not."

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