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Friday 31 October 2014

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Paul Costelloe sparked controversy with comments made on a radio show
Paul Costelloe sparked controversy with comments made on a radio show

A fashion designer who talked about Irish emigrants "damaging" young English virgins has been criticised by a broadcasting watchdog.

Paul Costelloe, whose label is sold by retail giants House of Fraser and John Lewis, sparked controversy with his comments on a Dublin radio show.

Asked about young Irishmen moving to London – where Mr Costelloe is based – told RTE radio that they are "doing great and damaging a lot of young English virgins".

The designer added: "Certainly the Irish are never short of chatting up and, you know, we have that skill and I'm sure these young guys are doing great and damaging a lot of young English virgins, so there you are, and good luck to them."

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said the comments caused "undue offence and that the programme makers had not taken due care in the way in which the comments were handled".

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