Saturday 20 January 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Mary gets fingers burnt in firestorm over abuse

The hysterical reaction to the journalist's 'Irish Catholic' article on victims was baffling, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

MOORE'S Law states that the power of computers doubles every two years. It is starting to look as if the power of collective outrage is multiplying even more quickly.

Last week it was the turn of Mary Kenny to draw collective ire with a column in the Irish Catholic on the Cardinal Brady affair, which had online critics referring to her variously as a "mad old bat" and a "total c*nt", and posting pictures of her with a Hitler moustache.

The comparison with Jan Moir, the journalist who became an international hate figure after criticising the lifestyle of Boyzone star Stephen Gately after his untimely death, was unmistakable -- but there was one big difference. With Moir's column, it was easy to find a copy on the Daily Mail's website and read it for oneself; and anyone who did so would have quickly detected something unpleasant about her view of gay life.

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