Thursday 20 September 2018

I was right to berate Waters over insensitive Tuam remarks

During my political career, I have been a defender of free speech, but words can also hurt, writes Ciaran Cannon

Reflection: The site of the grave at Tuam.
Reflection: The site of the grave at Tuam.

Ciaran Cannon

'The space for genuinely free speech is shrinking. Too many are lurking in the shadows, eager to take offence." Those were the opening words of Eilis O'Hanlon's impassioned plea for the protection of free speech in last week's Sunday Independent.

Ms O'Hanlon then went on to deny me some of that very same space and took offence at a statement I had issued earlier in the previous week.

Let's set some context here.

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