Saturday 16 December 2017

Declan Lynch: Barry's Tomfoolery is just part of wider charade in abortion debate

Real shame lies in denying UK does dirty work.

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THEY were monstering Tom Barry, the TD who dragged his Fine Gael colleague Aine Collins onto his lap in the Dail chamber at about 2.40am last Thursday. They said it was embarrassing, which would probably be the right word in most circumstances. But maybe not in a joint like this.

Lucinda Creighton announced during the week that she had joined Fine Gael at the age of 18. Now that's embarrassing.

To me it is more deeply embarrassing than the Barry manoeuvre, because unlike Lucinda, Barry knew that he had done wrong, and was stricken with remorse – he'd been drinking, but not "excessively".

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