Thursday 8 December 2016

David Quinn: Why Enda of Arabia raps church but not human rights abuses in Middle East

Published 10/01/2014 | 07:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during Ireland's four-country trade mission to the Middle East
Taoiseach Enda Kenny during Ireland's four-country trade mission to the Middle East

There is much blather in Ireland about human rights. We like to pride ourselves on being a great champion of human rights all over the world.

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We pride ourselves on how we opposed Apartheid, for instance, and there was massive coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela.

Some Irish people do indeed take human rights very seriously and are willing to make a genuine personal sacrifice for what they believe. One of the most shining examples was offered by the Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike in the 1980s in protest against the company selling South African produce.

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