3 May 2013 One Comment by The Northern Standard

Disparaging remarks about Monaghan people’s attitudes to the gay community and the issue of abortion, made off the record by a Dublin Labour TD but secretly taped and published in a national newspaper at the weekend, have generated an angry reaction throughout the county this week.

A large number of people contacted Northern Sound radio on Monday to vent their displeasure after the Sunday Independent published edited transcripts of a conversation between Dublin North-Central Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and a constituent which was recorded without the Deputy’s knowledge.

The extracts show the Labour politician expressing a liberal view on the subject of abortion, and their release to a national newspaper days before the publication of the heads of bill for new legislation in this area was described by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney as an attempt to sow division between his own Fine Gael party and Labour on the issue.

However, it is Deputy Ó Ríordáin’s comments on Monaghan that incited local anger.

In the extracts published by the Sunday Independent, from tapes which the newspaper says were brought to its attention by a freelance journalist, Rory Fitzgerald, the Labour TD is attributed with the comments: “I mean, em, you have to realise, em, somebody representing somewhere like Monaghan – now my wife’s from Monaghan – start talking about abortion rights in Monaghan and, you know, you don’t get too far. Or Donegal or Mayo or…you know.”

He is also quoted as saying, in reference to rural Fine Gael TDs, “The idea of being a …

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  • O.J. Duffy said:

    Well….what else do you expect from a Dublin Labour TD