Scott Morrison makes a VERY controversial joke about an ‘Irish girl’ in a brewery

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
  • He later joked ‘of course there’s an Irish girl coming here at a brewery’


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Scott Morrison has sparked controversy after he joked about an Irish girl who works in a brewery.

The Prime Minister visited Sydney’s Tooheys Brewery on Thursday, where he met several workers and took selfies with them.

He later addressed reporters and named 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 Tooheys Brewery in Sydney

Prime Minister Scott Morrison poses for a selfie with brewery technician Claire Hallissey (pictured) during a visit to Tooheys Brewery in Sydney

The stereotype that Irish people drink a lot goes back decades. Pictured: Revelers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney in March

“Of course there’s an Irish girl here in a brewery,” he joked, referring to the stereotype that Irish people are big drinkers.

“It’s great to see female apprentices, female engineers here, part of the largest brewery here in New South Wales and the second largest in the country,” he added.

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“And it’s great to see young women taking on those roles coming out of college and educating other women in this way through plants.”

The comments sparked a backlash on Twitter, with some users describing the hostage situation as “good old racism” and “Irish stereotyping.”

“Patronising, patriarchal, racist, nationally stereotyping, outdated, outdated, racist (or at least abusive) and weak attempt at humor at the expense of the Irish,” one wrote.

The stereotype that Irish people drink a lot can be traced back decades and and… spread around the world as Irish pubs popped up in remote locations, including the foothills of Mount Everest.

Ireland has one of the highest drinking rates in the world, after only a handful of Eastern European countries topping the charts.

In 2019 Irish consumed the equivalent of 10.91 liters of pure alcohol per person, compared to 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, as well as quite a few natives, booze and Irish go together like gin and tonic.

“There is no doubt that as a nation we have a reputation abroad for being accomplished drinkers of beer and spirits.”

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Prime Minister’s office.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives Thursday to visit Tooheys Brewery in Sydney

Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives Thursday to visit Tooheys Brewery in Sydney

Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives Thursday to visit Tooheys Brewery in Sydney

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