Wednesday 18 October 2017

Kenny at centre of green storm over NY parade

Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss. Photo: Ronan Lang
Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss. Photo: Ronan Lang

In the run-up to St Patrick's Day, an event that sees global recognition of Ireland's own particular shade of green, why is it acceptable that our great and powerful leader can show to the world what is, in my opinion, a contemptuous shade of bias towards the LGBT community? This is an evocatively dismal example of ignoring an issue and hoping it will go away, all for the sake of the long-held tradition of travelling to the big country for the parade.

As Enda Kenny struts his stuff, representing our country, brandishing a slip of shamrock resembling lost hope from his lapel, the fact that he is happy to participate in the New York parade implies he is not a true representative of all the people of this island.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has confirmed he will be boycotting the event over the issue, the first mayor in 20 years to do this. The newly elected mayor showed his support to the LGBT community, and to the watching world by standing alongside our very own Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) as they marched in the long-running 'St Pat's For All' parade in Queens last week.

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