An Australian Minister has apologized after telling homeowners who open the door to someone with an Irish accent to “automatically ask them to leave”.

Marlene Kairouz, who serves as Minister for Consumer Affairs for the state of Victoria, made the comment after a spate of reports about dodgy tradesmen turning up unannounced at homes in Melbourne.

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Elderly people complained that the conmen usually had Irish accents and swindled them out of thousands of dollars for nonexistent repairs on their homes, which led Kairouz to issue her unusual warning.

Yesterday, however, the contrite Labour politician took to Twitter to issue an apology.

The apology was not good enough for a lot of Irish people living Down Under.

Howeve,  not everyone was bothered by her words. 

Do you think she was right or racist? Tell us in the comments below. 

Marlene Kairouz