"Outright disgrace and Highly offensive" - Cian Healy tweets his anger at 'No' campaign in Marriage Referendum
Published 10/05/2015 | 12:33
Ireland rugby star Cian Healy has branded the 'No' campaign in the Marriage Referendum an "outright disgrace and highly offensive".
Healy tweeted his take on "pingate" earlier today when he said: "Re #pingate was it not Messing with the camera or something, after it was asked to be removed is when it was revealed to be a yes pin."
#Pingate is trending in Ireland after viewers reacted angrily to Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin being asked to remove his Yes Equality pin live on air during the Saturday Night Show on RTÉ last night.
Host Brendan O'Connor interrupted his interview with Ó Ríordáin when he noticed the pin, which represents the Yes Equality campaign, on his lapel.
He asked the Labour Minister, “Can you take off that pin? The pin you’re wearing on your collar.” to which Ó Ríordáin replied “It’s a Yes pin.” as he removed it.
O'Connor then said, “You just made it worse,” and used the word 'no' to "balance" out the offending 'yes'.
Healy is in hospital recovering from neck surgery and also expressed his view on the 'No' campaign when he tweeted to his 200k followers: "Also, I think the "No" posters are an outright disgrace. They're not holes in the "No" argument, they're craters! #Yes
"No campaign is against any single parents or adoption judging by their posters. I find that highly offensive. Haven't heard them clarify."