One rule for those on the left and another rule for those on the right
Published 05/08/2011 | 05:00
The double standard of liberal Ireland has never been more starkly revealed than by its reaction to the David Norris revelations this week.
Had a bishop, or even a prominent conservative politician or commentator, written a similar letter to a court pleading for clemency in a statutory rape case, the condemnations of that person would have been heard the length and breadth of the country for days on end.
David Norris has had to withdraw from the presidential race, but if a well-known Catholic such as Senator Ronan Mullen had written that letter, his political career would be over as well. He would be hauled before some Seanad committee or other in the manner of an Ivor Callely, and reduced to atoms.