A Sunday Tribune Twofer

First: A report on the wives and girlfriends of various gang leaders.

I’m not a gigantic fan of this kind of reporting. The Tribune is a broadsheet, but I notice it straying very close to tabloid journalism frequently (Remember the publications idiotic reporting on the death of Liam Lawlor?). This is one of those times. They acknowledge none of these women has ever been in prison or convicted of a crime. A number of them have never been arrested.

But, in the print version, the Tribune splashed up gigantic photos of all of them for everyone to see. I don’t like that. It’s an uncomfortable invasion of privacy for people who might not be involved in any criminal activity whatsoever and, more importantly, it’s not really news. I have a dim view of anything the Tribune has to say about Limerick-related stuff (this article’s print headline was a ridiculously over-the-top, double paged, red-fonted monstrosity for something that said nothing new.)

Second: Tribune letter page again!

This time it’s about the Civil Partnership Bill. I hope the Tribune won’t mind if I print the letter here, I did link to it.

Just at the same time that President Mary McAleese gets the urge to have the Queen of England visit Ireland, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has the Civil Partnership Bill (many would call it the same-sex marriage Bill) for Mary to sign.

I believe Mary had a choice to make; would she be loyal to Christ and her Christian faith, or would she make her wish come true by being loyal to the monarch.

We know the outcome; she signed the anti-Christ Bill. She has let down this Christian country. If she has any shred of decency, she should resign and indeed it may be so serious that the Church should excommunicate her.

Noel Gorman,

Carrick Road,

Edenderry, Co Offaly

Oh boy. In stages then.

Just at the same time that President Mary McAleese gets the urge to have the Queen of England visit Ireland,

She ‘got the urge’? I can’t say I recall the Queen’s visit being the President’s personal idea.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has the Civil Partnership Bill (many would call it the same-sex marriage Bill) for Mary to sign.

The Dail. The Dail has the bill for her to sign. You know, that representative body that had so little objection to the bill they didn’t even need a vote.

I like Noel’s ‘some would call it a same-sex marriage bill’ here. He’s thinks he’s so clever. ‘Ah ha’ I imagine him saying. ‘This Civil Partnership law that deals almost exclusively with the rights of homosexual couples…is a same-sex marriage bill! I have to tell the world!’ Nice catch Sherlock.

I believe Mary had a choice to make; would she be loyal to Christ and her Christian faith, or would she make her wish come true by being loyal to the monarch.

I’m not sure what this means. I guess he’s implying that Brian Cowen, in a momentary fit of cartoonish villainy, blackmailed the President (who, in this guys mind, has to be against the bill at heart because of her faith) into signing it so she could have ‘her wish come true’. Man, if President McAleese’s fondest wish is to be visited by the Queen, someone needs to take her aside and give her an esteem boost.

And of course, I expect the President, first and always, to be loyal to the opinions and views of the people of Ireland, not her Christian faith. But, screw it, I’m just crazy that way.

We know the outcome; she signed the anti-Christ Bill. She has let down this Christian country.

‘anti-Christ bill’? You’d swear they tacked on an amendment requiring people to spit on the cross once a day.

I certainly feel left down by the President. Performing her function to the letter like that? What a cow. Who does she think she is, the head of state whose powers to oppose legislation are severely limited even if she wanted to?

If she has any shred of decency, she should resign and indeed it may be so serious that the Church should excommunicate her.

Yeah! It’s not like us Catholics ever go round forgiving people. That’s for losers. And I’m guessing, from Noel’s point of view ‘the gays’.

Because you just know Noel is the sort of guy who calls them ‘the gays’.

Edit: It’s ‘President’, ‘President McAleese’ or ‘The First Citizen’. Not ‘Mary’. I sincerely doubt you are first name terms. Give the office respect. Remember, when The President stands, nobody sits.

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2 Responses to A Sunday Tribune Twofer

  1. John says:

    I dunno, Noel seems like the “flithy sodomites” type.

  2. Pingback: Happy Birthday To Me | Never Felt Better

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