Cork councillor incurs wrath of social media after 'misinterpreted' water protest comments

Updated at 6pm: Cllr. Mcgonigle has since apologised on her official facebookpage stating "I'm very sorry for any offence or upset caused by my ill-judged comments on my facebook page.

"I never intended to upset anyone. There was no intention on my part to insult anyone, and if anyone felt insulted I am incredibly sorry.

"I understand why people are protesting and I fully support their right to do so.

"I don't feel I can usefully add to this, other than to say again that I'm sorry.

"I've been overwhelmed by the commentary which my comments have caused."

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There have been widespread calls on social media for a local councillor in Cork city to resign following a comment on the nationwide water protests made on her Facebook page over the weekend.

Cllr. Laura McGonigle wrote that the protesters should "collect all the rain water while out marching" and "drink that for the week".

Cork councillor incurs wrath of social media after 'misinterpreted' water protest comments

When previously urged to attend the protest in Cork city centre she said "I don't think I'd cope listening to a thousand [protesters]".

She has since issued a statement claiming her remarks were misinterpreted.

"I wish to clarify a comment posted by me on my private Facebook account over the weekend.

"A suggestion had been made to me earlier that morning that as a nation we should not pay for our water as there was plenty of rain.

"I was attempting to highlight that rainwater is not safe for drinking and costs the State in the region of €1.2bn per year to treat.

"I realise that my comments were open to a misinterpretation that I did not intend, I apologise for an offence this may have caused."

Many people on social media have said it is a "pathetic" defence and are calling for her to resign.

Several protesters have gathered at Cork City Hall, waiting for Cllr McGonigle to arrive.


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