Sunday 18 February 2018

An expression of contempt is not incitement to hatred

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

And a one, and a two, and a three, and they're off. Barely a week now goes by without some controversy about anti-social, violent or indolent behaviour by members of the Travelling community and... actually scratch that. The more accurate assessment is that barely a week now goes by without some controversy about the coverage of anti-social, violent or indolent behaviour by members of the Traveller community. Then, the circumstances that provoked the coverage are conveniently forgotten in the explosion of sound and fury from various Quangos, whose primary role seems to be to simply justify their existence – at your expense, of course.

And the hullabaloo over an article by Brenda Power in relation to a piece she wrote earlier this week that bemoaned the current state of Traveller 'culture' has seen her attacked on all sides, with her opponents seemingly queueing up to portray the woman as the new Hitler.

But this may be an argument that the likes of Pavee Point and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties come to regret starting.

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