Tuesday 21 November 2017

Willie O'Dea: 'Love/Hate' Limerick 'kip' slur an outdated, careless stereotype

Once again, the media deploy lazy insults instead of addressing real issues, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O’Dea
Willie O’Dea
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Willie O'Dea

MY defence of my home city after it was described as "a kip" in the finale of season four of Love/Hate – viewed by more than a million people – seems to have rankled a few super-smart journalists who clearly love to hate me.

But not for the first time, they missed the point. And instead they chose to attack me, and the people of Limerick, rather than address a clear and present danger that threatens to boil over on to our streets again. Columnist Ian O'Doherty (from another branch of this parish) is a great man for keeping people in touch with their stupidity.

I am the last in a long line of unfortunates whose mental agility falls short of Ian's high expectations. He described me as stupid and ignorant. And he went further and suggested these two afflictions were not exclusive to me but extend to almost the entire population of Limerick.

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