Luke Ming Flanagan says he will not be apologising to Fine Gael MEP’s assistant

Luke Ming Flanagan has refused to apologise for allegedly criticising the lack of Fine Gael MEPs at a meeting of sexual abuse survivors in Brussels last week.

The MEP has been criticised for labelling a parliamentary assistant to Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness as “a puppy”.

Ms McGuinness says she’s not looking for an apology, but confirmed she’s contacted the European Parliament committee that deals with harrassment, on foot of the incident.

Ming Flanagan said his use of the phrase has been taken out of context: