Thursday 19 October 2017

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 faced charges of hypocrisy after giving a speech at a men only event in Boston
Did you tell Mary Lou? Gerry Adams faced charges of hypocrisy after giving a speech at a men only event in Boston

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.

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