Women and gays anathema to Ancient Order of Bigots
The Coalition will back gay rights here – but not in the US, writes Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor
'DID you tell Mary-Lou?" Gerry Adams was cornered. The Sinn Fein president was being peppered with questions about his attendance the night before as a guest speaker at a dinner held by a controversial and upmarket organisation that doesn't allow female members.
Adams had ditched his much-vaunted commitment to "equality" by giving a speech to the all-male membership of 'Clover Club', a predominantly Irish-American organisation in Boston.
The black-tie dinner at the plush Boston Park Plaza Hotel in March 2010 was attended by about 500 members of the club, founded in 1883 by Irish-Americans. The then governor of Massachusetts had cancelled an appearance before the group the previous year because of its refusal to allow female members.