Iceland in hot water after ‘Irish slur’

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Iceland boss Malcolm Walker has apologised for his remarks about the Irish
Iceland boss Malcolm Walker has apologised for his remarks about the Irish
Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker has apologised after making disparaging comments about the Irish on a BBC TV documentary about the horse meat scandal.

When a Panorama​ journalist asked him to explain why Iceland burgers passed British tests for horse DNA but failed Irish ones, he replied: “Well, that’s the Irish isn’t it?”

‘Well, that’s the Irish isn’t it?’

The chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, chief executive Professor Alan Reilly, slammed the comment as “unprofessional”.

He said: “It is unprofessional that a vested interest would seek to undermine our position with misinformation and speculation.”

An Iceland spokesman said after the BBC Panorama​ programme: “Iceland and our chief executive are deeply sorry. His comments were not intended to be disrespectful to the Irish people, including our many Irish customers, colleagues and suppliers or to the Irish authorities.

“We hold all of these in the highest regard.”

Related news

Show more

Related product

Behind Every Kitchen Masterpiece

Behind Every Kitchen Masterpiece

Kancor | 07-Nov-2017 | Application Note

These days most people love cooking and experiencing new cuisines, thanks to their exposure to different global cuisines. Here we are presenting two of...

1 comment

Malcolm Walker's "Irish Slur"

Posted by Kay Hall,

Well, I hope all Iceland's Irish customers will take note of Malcolm Walker's comments and take their custom elsewhere.

What an ignorant and foolish man!

Report abuse

Follow us

Featured Events

View more


View more