Awkward moment Scott Morrison makes a VERY controversial joke about an ‘Irish girl’ after taking selfies with workers at a brewery
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Tooheys brewery in Sydney on Thursday
- He met some of the workers, including technician Claire Hallissey from Ireland
- Later he joked ‘of course there’s going to be an Irish girl here in a brewery’
Scott Morrison has sparked controversy after making a joke about an Irish girl working in a brewery.
The Prime Minister visited Tooheys brewery in Sydney on Thursday where he met several workers and took selfies with them.
He later addressed reporters and mentioned some of the workers, including technician Claire Hallissey from Ireland.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison poses for a selfie with brewery technician Claire Hallissey (pictured) during a visit to the Tooheys Brewery in Sydney
The stereotype that Irish people drink lots can be traced back decades. Pictured: Revellers celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Sydney in March
‘Of course there’s going to be an Irish girl here in a brewery,’ he joked, referencing the stereotype that Irish people are big drinkers.
‘It’s great to see female apprentices, female engineers here, part of the biggest brewery operation here in New South Wales and the second biggest in the country,’ he added.
‘And it’s great to see young women taking on those roles coming out of university, training other women coming up through plants just like this.’
The comments sparked a backlash on Twitter where some users described the jibe as ‘good old racism’ and ‘Irish stereotyping’.
‘Patronising, patriarchal, racist, national-stereotyping, out-of-date, out-of-touch, racist (or at least offensive) and feeble attempt at humour at the expense of the Irish,’ wrote one.
The stereotype that Irish people drink lots can be traced back decades and and spread around the world as Irish pubs popped up in far-flung locations including the foothills of Mount Everest.
Ireland has one of the highest drinking rates across the globe, behind only a handful of eastern European nations which top the charts.
In 2019 Irish people consumed the equivalent of 10.91 litres of pure alcohol per person, compared with 9.5 in Australia and 9.8 in the UK.
An Irish Times article in 1981 summed up the relationship between Ireland and alcohol, writing: ‘In the eyes of many foreigners and quite a few natives too, drink and the Irish go together like gin and tonic.
‘There is really no doubt that as a nation, we do have a reputation abroad for being accomplished swillers of beer, and sinkers of spirits.’
Daily Mail Australia contacted the PM’s office.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives for a visit to the Tooheys Brewery in Sydney on Thursday