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Time for change: Misogyny and abuse in Irish comedy is no laughing matter


Anyone who ever believed women weren't funny was soon put in their place by a wave of brilliant Irish female comedians, among them Alison Spittle, Joanne McNally and Eleanor Tiernan. Where the likes of Deirdre O'Kane and Tara Flynn once blazed a trail, many others comfortably followed in their jet stream. Except, we know now, it probably wasn't all that comfortable.

Last month, a number of allegations of sexual misconduct and sexism within the Irish comedy industry came to light on Twitter. One entertainer was accused of sending unsolicited photos of his genitals to another performer, as well as being emotionally abusive and manipulative.

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