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Gay writer's poems face axe from curriculum

Poems by Cathal O Searcaigh may be taken off the Leaving Cert curriculum as the fallout from the controversial documentary on the poet continues.

Education Minister Mary Hanafin said yesterday that there were "difficulties" with the inclusion of his poems on the exam curriculum.

She said the issue will be examined by the body which decides which poems should be on the curriculum, the National Council on Curriculum Development.

Mr O Searcaigh is the subject of a controversial documentary 'Fairytale in Kathmandu', in which the gay writer admits having sex with some of the male teenagers being financially supported by him in Nepal.

Yesterday he announced he is to distance himself from any future distribution of charitable funds in Nepal.

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