Monday 18 December 2017

How Gilmore's disdain for church defines his politics

David Quinn

David Quinn

TO what extent is Eamon Gilmore's politics influenced by a deep disdain of the Catholic Church? The answer seems to me to be, to a very great extent.

He has frequently criticised the Catholic Church. He was at it again in the Dail the other day during the debate on the abortion bill when once more he hearkened back to the days when we groaned under the yoke of a tyrannical church. (And yes, it was authoritarian).

That was before reassuring us that those days are over because now we live in a "free country, where freedom of religion and freedom of conscience is respected, upheld and defended".

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