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Ireland's Break with Tradition


Ireland's Break with Tradition

Michael Lee-Murphy

he 2014 film Jimmy’s Hall, directed by the British socialist Ken Loach, tells the story of Jimmy Gralton, who in the 1930s led the precursor to the Communist Party of Ireland. Gralton and others gave lectures and held dances at the hall in a poor rural townland — until, at the behest of the local Catholic Church, it was violently shut down and Gralton was deported to the United States.


It is the difference between posturing and really making change happen. Makes perfect sense those with two cars in the garage not so ready to vote yes. They might even SAY they are for it, but we need to see the money. Native Californian here, at 57 I’ve been out since 1976. For all our “ahead” qualities on these issues,and our leadership in the gay movement worldwide, we are really not up to speed to where we could be at this point in history “out” here. Very different electorate, also a much larger, diverse place.


What I can’t figure out is why is it good news when a “developed” country holds an election to decide whether to grant their citizens a right that should be automatically assumed to exist.
No truly intelligent citizenry should pat themselves on the back for proving they have been denying their fellow citizens the right to choose a legal lifestyle.
The Irish should have demanded that all laws that deny any citizen their right to choose be removed–not holding an election to see if it’s okay to continue to discriminate.


LOL. I wouldn’t put it that stark a terms but true, and maybe it’s more than a symbolic break with Rome.


I am proud of my Irish relatives, but not surprised. Those of us who grew up under the tyranny of the priests are often its greatest enemies. Even when they weren’t abusers, they exerted a deadening mind control. The great weakness of totalitarian ideologies, such as the Catholic Church was, is that as soon as you question one piece of the system, the whole house of cards collapses.