Thursday 14 November 2019

'Callan's Kicks' comic Oliver Callan calls for marriage equality - breaching RTE’s 'gagging order'

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Mimic and broadcaster Oliver Callan breached RTE’s marriage referendum “gagging order” this morning when he took part in the Abbey Theatres’ Noble Call for Marriage Equality.

The comedian, who hosts RTE radio show Callan’s Kicks, decided to take part in the theatre show “in spite of his job”.

“I’m not allowed to do a lot of things but I continue to do them anyway in spite of my job,” he told the Irish Independent.

“RTE were good enough to give me a platform to come out so I don’t think it will be raising many eyebrows…. I just wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t do anything and it turned out to be a no vote. Plus I campaigned for the Seanad referendum for a no vote and nobody said boo to me then” he added.

Callan joined actor Gabriel Byrne, writer Roddy Doyle, Councillor Mannix Flynn, playwrights Marina Carr, and Frank McGuinness on stage. During the course of the 70 minute show artists read poems and sang songs in support of the Yes Campaign.

The event was a response by the arts community to encourage people to come out and vote yes in the referendum campaign.

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