The threat of food shortages in Ireland should be used in negotiations to get rid of the Brexit backstop, according to a Tory MP.
Priti Patel's comments have been described as disgusting and ridiculous by Irish politicians.
MP Priti Patel made the suggestion after a leaked report suggested there may be food shortages here in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald dismissed them.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney's spokesperson has described Conservative MP Priti Patel's claims Ireland should face food shortages unless backstop is removed as "ridiculous", while Sinn Fein Mary Lou McDonald has said she may buy Ms Patel a history book on the famine. #iestaff #brexit— Irish Examiner (@irishexaminer) December 7, 2018
"They're not entitled to wreck Ireland and they need to really grasp and understand that," she said.
"We will stand firm in defending Irish interests. We're not about to be bullied and we're not about to be threatened by that MP or any other.
"I would hope that she would reconsider those comments and actually withdraw them from the public record.