Irish politician Jim Daly has issues a statement apologising to Santa Claus, after foolishly questioning his existence during a heated debate in the Dáil.
Daly mocked a proposal on the Anglo bond repayments from his rivals, saying it was comparable to a wish list sent to Santa.
He said: “Dear Santa, how are you? I am sorry that the day ever came when it dawned on me that Santa did not exist, because I would love to send the motion off to him.”
The Irish public reacted angrily to the comment, with the potential of children being upset just before Christmas.
The comment was quickly retracted by Daly, who issued the following statement:
“I wish to withdraw my comment from the record of the house about my belief in Santa Claus. I apologize unreservedly to Santa and look forward to being back on his good boy list in time for Christmas. I trust Santa will understand that sometimes in the heat of political debate we say things we regret.”
The Irish government distanced itself from Daly’s remark, and stated their position saying: “Everybody knows Santa sees all – even Dáil debates.”
Santa will of course realise that Daly made a mistake and said something he shouldn’t have done.
Daly will be hoping that if he’s a very good boy from now on then he might still get a visit from Old St Nick this Christmas.