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    Default Outrage in Monaghan over Labour TDs "homophobic" slur

    Monaghan people took to the airwaves today to condemn Labour TD Aodhán O'Riordáin after he was revealed to have branded the county as "homophobic" in a secretly recorded conversation about abortion.

    An interview with Deputy O Riordain on the subject of abortion, which was secretly recorded by the interviewers without the TD’s knowledge, shows him talking about Co Monaghan in a derogatory fashion.

    Deputy O Riordain talks about the difficulty that someone representing a county like Monaghan would have as regards the controversy over abortion.

    He mentions the fact that his wife is from the county and says that if you start talking about abortion in Monaghan, or Donegal or Mayo, “you don’t get too far”.

    He says the idea of being a good rural TD is going to mass and being a good Catholic, and says that he scratches his head at the some of the “latent homophobia” he has encountered in Monaghan.

    His comments have angered many people in the county who have contacted this radio station to express their annoyance today.
    Monaghan anger at "homophobic" comments | Northern Sound | 94-98FM | The Spirit of Cavan and Monaghan

    Labour have no TD in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency although they do have four councillors there. However, this controversy could damage Labour's standing in rural areas beyond Monaghan and must be a serious concern for their existing rural TDs.

    Update: O'Riordáin has apologised to the people of Monaghan for his "ill-judged and poorly phrased" remarks. Labour TD apologies to Monaghan | Northern Sound | 94-98FM | The Spirit of Cavan and Monaghan
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    He didn't say Monaghan was homophobic. He said he encountered "latent homophobia" there.
    Fair and Balanced

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyrocket View Post
    Monaghan people took to the airwaves today to condemn Labour TD Aodhán O'Riordáin after he was revealed to have branded the county as "homophobic" in a secretly recorded conversation about abortion.



    Monaghan anger at "homophobic" comments | Northern Sound | 94-98FM | The Spirit of Cavan and Monaghan

    Labour have no TD in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency although they do have four councillors there. However, this controversy could damage Labour's standing in rural areas beyond Monaghan and must be a serious concern for their existing rural TDs.
    Leitrim would be quite similar as well. Really, rural areas are still quite strongly catholic and conservative - compared to urban areas, at any rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    He didn't say Monaghan was homophobic. He said he encountered "latent homophobia" there.
    In fairness, I think that this comment was worse:
    He......says that if you start talking about abortion in Monaghan, or Donegal or Mayo, “you don’t get too far”.
    He basically suggests that people in those counties are ignorant hicks.

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    As penance he should be made to canvas in any future gay marriage referendum in Monaghan. I am sure he wont come across any homophobia on the doorsteps and will retract his statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattarigna View Post
    In fairness, I think that this comment was worse:
    He basically suggests that people in those counties are ignorant hicks.
    And?
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    Just heard he's been nominated as grand marshall of Monaghan Pride Parade this summer.

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    Just because they are not all blowing each other while watching re-runs of Glee does not make them homophobic.
    Faoi mhóid bheith saor

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    As Kavanagh would say:
    Which
    Was more important? I inclined
    To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
    Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.
    He said: I made the Iliad from such
    A local row. Gods make their own importance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattarigna View Post
    Leitrim would be quite similar as well. Really, rural areas are still quite strongly catholic and conservative - compared to urban areas, at any rate.
    Rural areas produce a lot of broad minded, liberal people - who then move to the cities.

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