Sunday 23 September 2018

Being a cartoon villain doesn't make Ronan Mullen wrong about everything

The media should subject claims by both sides of the abortion debate to the same scrutiny in the run-up to next year's referendum

Senator Ronan Mullen
Senator Ronan Mullen

Eilis O'Hanlon

When it comes to contentious social issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage, playing the man rather than the ball has become the dominant form of discourse in Ireland.

Senator Ronan Mullen could readily attest to that. It doesn't matter what he says. He's Ronan Mullen, so anything that comes out of his mouth can be disregarded purely on account of his allegiance to traditional Catholic values.

It happened again last week, when he was, rightly, criticised for comments about Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who tragically died in an Irish hospital in October 2012, 17 weeks into her pregnancy.

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