Senator Fidelma Healy Eames says its Sad and Disappointing the way people have reacted to her using the word wiffy.
She made the reference during a debate last week on a bill which would ban certain abusive comments online.
Speaking on the Anton Savage show she said she deliberately used the French pronunciation of the word because she was talking about tourists.
She says that the reaction online to her remarks has been over the top and she says people have deliberately misrepresented her
Here's what she had to say