Minister ‘disappointed’ and ‘insulted’ by comments from Pat Spillane

The Minister for Rural Affairs has said he was ‘disappointed’ and ‘insulted’ by Pat Spillane’s appearance on The Late Late Show in recent weeks.

The former Kerry footballer appeared on the show and criticised Minister Michael Ring and his staff for their work on rejuvenating rural Ireland. Mr Spillane had been working with the Department of Rural Affairs as an Ambassador for Rural Ireland but the contract wasn’t renewed.

Speaking on The Joe Finnegan Show today, Minister Ring said Pat Spillane praised him personally and in public for the work he was doing but then said the opposite on television: