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Lise Hand: What Panti did was go to war for anyone who has ever been shamed, just for being different

Published 05/02/2014 | 02:30

Miss Panti
Miss Panti

IT'S a peculiarity of this island, hanging down as it is with exquisite wordsmiths of prose and poetry, that we produce so few gifted orators.

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 How often in our recent history has the nation paused in unison, swept away by an outpouring of passionate eloquence from someone taking a stand against injustice or inequality, or giving voice to the disadvantaged or dispossessed?

Certainly such speeches are scarce in the highest of public forums, the Dail. The only outstanding example of soaring rhetoric in that chamber in recent history was the extraordinary jeremiad against clerical sex abuse, delivered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the wake of the publication of the Cloyne Report in July 2011.

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