Kerry councillor apologises for 'spur-of-the-moment' comment to female councillor

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council has apologised to a female councillor for "an inappropriate spur-of-the-moment comment".

Cllr John Sheahan yesterday told his Fine Gael party colleague Cllr Aoife Thornton that she should "dye the hair blonde" in order to be noticed for speaking time in the chamber.

It followed two objections from Cllr Thornton who claimed she had been overlooked for speaking time.

Cllr Thornton said the comment was inappropriate and should not have been made but she took it as a joke and had accepted the apology, adding that lessons can be learned.

Cllr John Sheahan said it was a humorous comment and nothing else was meant by it.

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