Is it so surprising or offensive that politicians bring their own personal opinions into the debating chamber? Surely we are electing a mixture of politicians of all colours, creeds & backgrounds and it's only to be expected that there would be the full gamut of opinions in the Dail?
And, I don't think it's a particularly Irish issue to have dail/senate members voting on issues based on their religious opinions, so I certainly don't feel ashamed to be Irish just because there is a religious fundamentalist elected to the senate.
Look at the US, religion plays a large part in their presidential elections and always has done. I'm sure many other countries are the same, so Ireland is not alone.
We elect our politicians to represent their constituency. But, every constituency is made up of people with varying opinions so they can't represnet every single one of their constituents on every single issue. In MAyo I'm sure there are people who disagree very strongly with this lady, but I'm sure there are people who very strongly agree with her on this issue.
Like it or not, Ireland consists of some very liberal minded people but also some very unliberal-minded people - it consists of people with very strong religious beliefs and people with no religious beliefs and lots of people in between. In a democratic society , surely all opinions are valid? Even the opinions that we vehemently disagree with?
I never heard of this Mulherin lady before today, and so far I'm not really warming to her
... but, there are people up and down the country who are probably thinking "Yay - you go girl!".
I don't agree with them, but those people are also citizens of this country and deserve a voice in the dail chambers just like the rest of us. Hopefully, as Irish society moves further and further away from the catholic church there will be less and less people like her, but for now, I think she speaks for a certain portion of the electorate. Whitemocha
- I'm sure it was terribly difficult for you to go in and tell your story in front of these people who were being less than respectful to you. My points above are not intended as any commentary on your particular situation, or your campaign, just a theoretical commentary. I wish you the best in your campaign and I would welcome the day when women in your situation can avail of a termination here in Ireland.