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Dame Court, Dublin 2.
Fine al fresco dining.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu claims Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is being bullied
I see trolls are out in force for my colleague @rodericogorman. Posting lies & creatively editing things people have written to present as ‘facts’.
Well our new Minister must be doing something right if these idiots are after him. Don’t let bullying win, report report report!
— Hazel Chu (@hazechu) July 3, 2020
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu responds to online criticism of her Green Party colleague Roderic O’Gorman and his ties to British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Ms Chu urged her followers to report ‘trolls’ who are posting ‘creatively-edited’ lies about Mr O’Gorman, the newly-apppointed Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration.
Mr Tatchell had stated in a 1997 letter that friends as young as nine had sexual experiences with adults which gave them “great joy”.
This week, a tweet (top) from 2018 showing Mr O’Gorman with Mr Tatchell, who was guest of the Green Party at the Dublin Pride Parade, resurfaced.
As someone who was targetted for my sexuality I'm very familiar with homophobia.
The questions @rodericogorman is failing to answer are not about his sexuality but about his suitability for Childrens minister based on who he has been a cheerleader for. That is not homophobia. pic.twitter.com/CNOs1NOE0A
— Keith Mills (@KeithMillsD7) July 4, 2020
From top: Barry Cowen (left) Minister for Agriculture and the Marine receiving his seal of office from President Michael D. Higgins (right) at Dublin Castle; Mr Cowen in 2016, the year his Renault Megane was stopped at a Garda checkpoint on his way back to Offaly from the All-Ireland football final
Last night/this morning.
The ban arose as Mr Cowen [age 49 at the time] was not driving on a full licence. He was categorised as a ‘specified driver’ as he was driving on a Learner Permit.
[Taoiseach and Fiann Fáil leader] Mr [Micheá] Martin didn’t know about the offence when he selected Mr Cowen as a minister.
Mr Martin said:
“I first became aware of this issue on Friday afternoon. I have spoken to Minister Cowen and I accept that his remorse about this incident is genuine.
“I am disappointed that I learned about it in this way and have made that clear to him.”
“The incident occurred on the night of September 18, 2016”
Meanwhile Tuesday, 29th Jan 2013https://t.co/09ro9gDWNo
— PieceOfPi552 (@PieceOfPi552) July 4, 2020
There you go now.
Get angry. Its one law for them & another law for others. Cowen is in good company with his Midlands Minister @RobertTroyTD and the curious case of the 3 missing summons and the penalty points quashed. And they have the neck to lecture the rest of us. 🙄https://t.co/UOVd72jXgs
— Politics Watch (@PoliticsWatch14) July 4, 2020
Barry Cowen timetable is not remotely credible.
1. Had 2 pints.
2. Went Croke Park for All Island final, 2 hours.
3. Left Croke Park and got food, minimum 1 hour.
4. Drove to Offaly, minimum 90 mins on All Ireland final day.
So, 4.5 hours after 2 pints he was over limit?
— Revolution 🐊 (@Revolution_IRL) July 4, 2020
Something very odd in this case . Barry Cowen TD is very 53 . Apparently he had a provisional driving licence at age 49.. It took me a few years to pass my test but 32 years that's a bit of a stretch or did he previously have a full licence and lose it ? Ff are back
— Caoimhin O Hailpin (@Cohailpin) July 4, 2020
What song did you initially dislike but then grew to admire?
That’s this week’s question to be in with a chance of winning an instantly lovable €25 Golden Discs voucher.
Simply answer below and the winner will chosen by my imaginary robot.
Please include video links where possible.
Lines MUST close at 9.30pm (late entrants will be considered).
Nick says: Good luck.
Last week’s winner here
An alarming but illuminating video essay from The School Of Life. To wit:
Some of the reason why we choose such unsuitable partners in love is that we aren’t trying to find someone who ideally suits us, we’re looking out for someone who feels familiar. We recreate in adulthood patterns of attachment that we know from childhood – and thereby often perpetuate cycles of suffering and dissatisfaction.
Previously: When To Lose It (And When Not To)