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Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage

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  1. So supporting equality is a ‘box-ticking exercise’.

    Enda Kenny appears to be a bigoted pig.

    Labour need to insist on this in order to remain in the coalition

  2. I thought Kenny had more balls than this.

    1. I think he might not want to give his views as some people will accuse him of having influence over the amends to the Constitution and is dictating it course, which of course is not true but some people would say anything to discredit a PM or Head of State. (Then again I could be wrong entirely)

  3. I admit to knowing nothing about Irish politics, but I think it’s cowardly for a politician to sit on the fence like this over such an important matter, especially a senior politician like a head of government.

  4. Pavlos Prince of Greece 11 Jul 2012, 3:47pm

    Translation: he is not enthusiastic or even not in favor of it. No surprise.

    1. Maybe he’s doing what Obama did and waiting for a more opportune moment, politically?

      1. I agree with you. Privately he agrees with it, publicly he will remain neutral. He hasn’t shut up his other colleagues in Fine Gael like the Minister of Justice and Equality who will introduce it to Dáil Eireann either as an Amendment to the Constitution Act or an Act of the Oireachtas. Alan Shatter TD has spoken in favour of it a number of times.

        We have more to worry if it goes to a Referendum. The Religious right will come out and bang their drums.

        1. “The Religious right will come out and bang their drums.”

          Let them come, it will only help us. The more feverish and demented they sound the better….. its not like the church has any moral authority any more.

    2. Possibly not fair.

      He has made baby steps in the right direction – but needs to take the bull by the horns and show that he is a leader and ensure equality.

  5. Pavlos Prince of Greece 11 Jul 2012, 5:40pm

    Maybe. Or maybe what Cameron do – to let his coalition partners to fight for this in the first front, with more personal than political support (thank you very much and for this). Maybe.

  6. Enda Kenny is blatantly a homophobic bigot.

    People who are racists are generally also homophobes.

    And Enda Kenny is a racist – in 2002 he called Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated first Prime Minister of Congo, a ‘N****r.

    See the link below for details:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2002/sep/15/world.race

    His refusal to oppose civil partnership apartheid as inadequate indicates that he is a homophobe as well as a racist.

    1. You’re unbelievable you are.

      1. There’s something wrong with him, best to just walk away….

        1. Are you denying that the PM of Ireland – Mr Enda Kenny – called the assassinated PM of the Congo a ‘N****r’?

          In light of Enda Kenny’s blatant racism and his refusal to back full equality it is fair and reasonable to call him an appalling bigot.

          He is the leader of Fine Gael. Before the last election the EQUALITY spokeswoman for Fine Gael – one Lucinda Creighton announced that she was opposed to civil marriage equality,

          Fine Gael is a party of bigots.

          There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m merely pointing out some nasty facts about the bigotted party in power in Ireland.

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  8. His job description is “leader”. So bloody well lead!!

    1. He is a homophobe and a racist so you can expect nothing of the sort from such an appallingly bigotted individual.

      His racism is even more shocking, and the fact that his party deemed him worthy to be the leader of their party speaks volumes about the kind of party in power in Ireland (thankfully the Irish Labour party are there to stop some of the bigotry of Fine Gael)

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