Monday 11 December 2017

Lise Hand: Narrow escape from banana skins for two Martins

Lise Hand at the MacGill Summer School

Diarmuid Martin is no dummy. The Archbishop of Dublin can spot a potential banana-skin at a thousands yards in the pitch-dark, and he swiftly realised that his foot was hovering over a discarded cover of the above-mentioned treacherous fruit.

He was in the final minutes of a question-and-answers session after his speech to the MacGill Summer School, and the moderator, journalist Patsy McGarry, was grilling him on the hot-button issues du jour, gay marriage and abortion.

Diarmuid was explaining a somewhat convoluted point about how the church approaches moral minefields such as gay marriage.

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