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We need our Fat Wedding fix

Donal Lynch

Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00

Here at People are Talking we feel the debate about the Irish Travellers in the UK has gotten way out of hand.

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It shouldn't be about whether human rights are being violated or whether showbizzy-body Vanessa Redgrave will let them squat in her gravel driveway or even whether they would just use the €7 million compensation they're asking for to buy neon-pink Holy Communion dresses.

Lost somewhere in all of these accusations and speculation is the really pressing issue: When are we going to see the next Big Fat Gypsy Wedding?

Because these short-sighted county councillors aren't just talking about invading a place of residence, they're planning to move an encampment where some of the most compulsively watchable television stars in recent memory have lived (several of the Travellers who live there have been on the show).

This is the real human rights issue: Gypsy weddings are viewership crack and nothing, including the royal weddings, has been the methadone we need. Pippa Middleton just wore a plain white dress. If she'd been a Traveller she'd have worn a Christmas tree made of purple tulle over a thong.

So please Vanessa Redgrave and the county councillors, get out of the way and let Channel 4 in. This dispute is probably holding up the delivery of some wedding Disney-castle-sized tiaras. Don't make us chain ourselves to a caravan.

Donal Lynch

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