Irish Lesbian Mom.

Too controversial for Twitter and Facebook.

Birdie writes:

I’d appreciate if the Broadsheet readers could help me with my problem. Twitter won’t let me advertise with them because they deem that my account violates their “Adult or Sexual Products and Services policy”.

I don’t think it does but maybe your readers agree with Twitter?

My twitter handle is @IrishLesbianMom. I contacted Twitter to let them know that I am not selling sexual products or services, I am writing a humorous pregnancy blog.

They told me that they would forward it to their policy people. It took them 5 days to respond even though they claim they will get back to you in 48 hours.

I emailed them twice, no joy. I spoke to them on chat twice and was told each time that they would email me. Ironically I tweeted their support but they never tweeted back.

Eventually they did email me today and stated:

“We’ve reviewed and confirmed the ineligibility decision for Twitter Ads based on our Adult or Sexual Products and Services policy. Violating content includes, but is not limited to, nudity, partial nudity, sexual aids and toys, as well as adult/sexual language, video and images. If the violating content has been removed, please respond and we will re-review for policy compliance.”

Interestingly, Facebook would not allow me to use IrishLesbianMom as a URL as they too found it too sexually suggestive. I changed lesbian to lezzer and viola, Facebook has stopped blushing.

Do your readers think that Twitter & Facebook are sexualising the word lesbian? Or am I missing something?

Perhaps my very crappy illustration of a pregnant body (top) is giving too many people the horn? I’m at a loss.


Irish Lezzer Mom (Facebook)

Irish Lesbian Mom


Live from the Ploughing Championship today on RTÉ radio and telly

Of RTÉ’s wall to wall ploughing coverage…

Aidan writes:

I know the National Ploughing Championship is a big deal but this is not the Second Coming for pity’s sake…

Every show. Every fupping show?

Can anyone recall ten years ago if the national broadcaster even bothered to send a second camera unit to the championships?

This is shameless bogger exploitation by a station fighting for its life.

*furrows brow*


Pics: RTÉ

Further to Ryanair’s meltdown.

Via Aer Lingus:

As a nation of keen travellers there is nothing more disappointing than having your holiday plans cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Over the last few days Aer Lingus has seen record demand for its holiday rescue fares and has today announced an extension of its ‘Happy Winter’ sale with seats to Europe up for grabs this October from as a little as €29.99.

From 01 October – 28 February 2018, Aer Lingus, Ireland’s most punctual airline in and out of Dublin, will operate 100% of its flights to top European destinations.

So nyeh.

Aer Lingus

Yesterday: Saving Public Ryan


Adh here.

How your Xmas Guinness ad may look under ad blocking measures to ‘curb’ alcohol consumption in Ireland.

Eamon Delaney, of free market think tank Hibernia Forum, writes:

This (above) is what an iconic Irish beer ad, from the legendary Guinness brand, would look like under proposed new measures in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

…a sledgehammer approach to the alcohol and hospitality sector which hurts consumers, producers and those of us who believe in individual freedoms and not being treated like children.

Politicians love this Nanny State stuff, as it distracts from the real pressing issues and gives them easy publicity and the approval of media experts

Hopefully, others in our political culture will see through this easy populism and how such blanket unproven measures hurt industry, retailers, the tourist trade and ordinary consumers.

Hopefully, they will call a halt to this censorship and business-damaging measure. Enough is enough.


Nanny State : How an iconic beer ad would look under the Government’s new sledgehammer Public Health (Alcohol) BiHibernia Forum

From top: Members from ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) activists ahead of a ‘Handmaids’ lobby at the Dail today to mark the first public meeting of the Oireachtas committee on the recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly;’ Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the committee arriving at Leinster House this afternoon

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

A meeting of the Dáil Committee on the 8th Amendment to consider the recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly is taking place.

Liggy, who once ‘took the boat’ writes:

The Oireachtas Committee on the 8th amendment is in session today. 21 men and women meeting in private to debate the findings of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion rights.

The results of that paper is summerised here:

The conclusion of the assembly’s findings was:

“….there is a strong desire for change and … a belief that all people in pregnancy should be given choice and full rights over what happens to their bodies.”

There is a concern among pro-choice groups that the committee will focus on the most narrow circumstances of the findings of the assembly and try to dilute the clear directive the assembly’s findings have given them.

Hence the protest of the Handmaidens outside Dáil Éireann today:

A choice. That is all that is being asked for. Men can elect to have any cells they want removed from their body. Women should have that same right too. It’s actually not that much to ask for and really belittling to have to ask for it.

Here is the weird thing about choice. You can choose to do something or you can choose to not do it. You can choose to have cells removed from your body or you can choose to see a pregnancy to term and give birth.

The people who do not want to give women that choice are weirdly and ghoulishly obsessed with the contents of the deepest, darkest part of a woman’s body.

As if it is something we cannot be trusted to have autonomy over ourselves. They don’s seem to be as concerned with the cells once they have grown to the point of being born.

There seems to be something about all the crying, puking, shitting, snotting and expense that puts them off.

Amazingly, anti-choice organisations like Iona seem loathe to give any time or trouble themselves about Irish children in poverty, in danger, in need of physical or mental help or the parents who try their best to support them.

Imagine not having to tie down people who have been raped and forcing them to give birth.

Imagine bring able to quickly prioratise the life of a living person in a medically perilous position over a foetus.

Imagine being able to abide by a family’s wishes to turn off a life-support machine rather than using a person’s cadaver as some sort of morbid incubator for a dying foetus.

Imagine 100 people not having to travel to the UK for abortions every week.

Imagine our newspapers and media screens not being filled with the debate about whether to give women a simple choice or not.

What WOULD we do with all that free time?


Previously: ‘I Took The Boat’