Tuesday 20 February 2018

Readers react to Niamh Horan's comments on Brendan O'Connor's 'Cutting Edge'

Niamh Horan on Cutting Edge. Photo: RTÉ One
Niamh Horan on Cutting Edge. Photo: RTÉ One
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

SHE'S only been on the show twice - but journalist Niamh Horan has once again sparked debate with comments on Brendan O'Connor's 'Cutting Edge'.

The Sunday Independent journalist was taking part in a discussion on last night's show in light of the Stanford sexual assault case.

Both 'Cutting Edge' and 'Niamh Horan' trended on Twitter in the hours after the show as viewers joined the debate online.

Many agreed, many more disagreed - but her comments sparked an important debate on social media surrounding the issues of rape and consent.

Here are a selection of Independent.ie reader comments on the show:

Tina Harte Foster: "Maybe lads should be thought about respect towards women drunk or otherwise. If shes not in a state to know her own name maybe fellas should think on and make sure she gets home in one piece both sexes should be made aware at young age the consequences of alcohol and what can happen on both parts."

Niamh Ní Dhonnchú: "As a woman I can see both sides of the argument. Nobody asks to be raped. There is the attitude a lot of the time that she was asking for it if she wears suggestive clothes. I'm not condoning that attitude. You should be able to wear what you like. But I do agree with our attitude to alcohol. The fact is when you are very drunk you are not in a good position to fight back when someone attacks/rapes you."

Bluw O'Rourke: "I wonder if it was her own daughter would she have that attitude. We need to raise men who have more respect for women and women who have more respect for themselves. Getting so drunk you can't protect yourself from people who want to take advantage of you is not clever but taking advantage of somebody in that position is sick and deprived."

Sara Kinsella: "No getting away from the point. If you are so drunk bordering passing out, surely you are leaving yourself at risk to all sorts, when you drink common sense surely is not to drink so much that you are no longer capable of minding yourself, whether yur a man or woman."

Sarah Butler: "What did she expect getting that drunk? A HANGOVER! She expected a hangover."

Cait Ni Dubghaill: "Whether she was drunk,sober,sideways,standing on her head or asleep its still wrong."

Linda Keating: "But you don't have to be responsible for him ! HE raped her ! HE is responsible for that!"

Alison Mc Namara: "Niamh Horan is obviously determined to send women's rights back 50 years, between this and her previous comments regarding working mothers. She doesn't deserve air time!"


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