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Thursday 17 April 2014

We were spat at, gay TDs reveal in Dail

TWO gay TDs spoke in the Dail about their experiences of homophobia.

In an unprecedented contribution, Labour Party TD John Lyons and Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer told colleagues of their hurt at being called "a queer, a fag, a gay" and being "beaten and spat on".

The Coalition TDs were speaking in a debate on the RTE decision to pay €85,000 in settlement over the so-called 'Pantigate' homophobia comments made last month on the 'Saturday Night Show'.

Irish Independent

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