‘Who’s The Father?’



Dil Wickremasinghe (with bump) and her partner Anne Marie

 A happy couple.

A baby shower.

What could possibly go wrong?

Newstalk broadcaster and LGBT activist  Dil Wickremasinghe writes:

I woke up last Sunday morning super-excited because my partner had organised a baby shower with my dearest friends that evening. It was meant to be a happy occasion until I looked at my Twitter feed….


These were between a person I had previously blocked and David Quinn of the Iona Institute, demanding to know who the father of my child was. I was speechless. I couldn’t believe that someone at the forefront of an organisation and a campaign could be so insensitive. How could a person who has continuously requested a fair and respectful debate around the upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Referendum make such a personal attack?

Read on: The Iona Institute’s David Quinn Has Crossed The Line Of Decency (TheOutmost)

Thanks Jane Casey

114 thoughts on “‘Who’s The Father?’

  1. Rob_G

    “Who’s the father?”

    “Well, that’s hardly any of your business, quinnstain now is it?”

        1. Mani

          Interior: Christ residence. Mary is sitting on the bed. Towering over her is a radiant figure, be winged and possessing an angelic countenance.

          Mary: But I’m a married woman…
          Angel: you want to be famous, don’t you?
          Mary, stifling a sob: Yes. Yes.
          Angel, dropping his robe to the ground: his will be done but my kingdom come, baby.
          Mary: Jesus!

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          See what happens when people aren’t taught proper biology in schools?! If only Joseph had known how babies are really made…

    1. Brian

      If he even existed (and that’s a big if, we’ve less evidence for Jebus than Apollonius of Tyana) then a nameless Roman soldier was probably his daddy.

      The whole virgin birth thing was due to Greek jews not being able to translate the torah from Aramaic, and christians being too idiotic to realise that the prophecy Jebus was supposed to be fulfilling was fulfilled 650 years previously, as told to them in the self-same torah. D’oh!

  2. Joe cool

    Just a pair of cowards. If you caught them face to face they’d very likely soil themselves

    1. Frilly Keane

      And overies

      Mind you.
      He can have mine if he wants them

      I’m done with the pair of’em
      Just a feckin nuisance now

  3. Bobby

    It’s just more ammo to shoot them down the next time Iona push their way onto a national debate on the topic.

  4. ReproBertie

    There is no truth to the rumour that David Quinn spends his Saturday afternoons wandering around the Ilac centre stopping pregnant woman and asking who the father is before checking their finger for a ring.

  5. Bluebeard

    In fairness, Dil and David deserve each other. Both self promoting pains in the hoop. Giving and taking offence like bosses.

    1. Stephanenny

      Dil is a Sri Lankan (originally, she’s an Irish citizen now) lesbian, a woman of colour living in Ireland. David Quinn is a white male Catholic. You’re kidding yourself if you think they get the same amounts or kinds of abuse.

      1. Bluebeard

        Correct. Its the extremes talking to themselves. The middle is being ignored. Although I have seen a few promising campaigns being spawned now.

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          Do you? If anything, you are even worse than me and I’m a sanctimonious leftie pinko commie b*****d. Every comment you leave on here is a massive eye-roll of offence about something or else, its an epic commitment to being the most boring troll here. I have to admire the dedication I guess.

          1. Bluebeard

            No Don. I dont do offence. A pointless excerscise. i never understood how you get so much fun out of it. You’d find it in a song like poor Jaques. Each to their own.

    2. Nigel

      I love how, because even you can’t defend this indefensible, you can instead try to assert that both sides are equivalent

      1. Bluebeard

        Ah sorry BS. I thought the language I used to describe Mr Quinn was more temperate than most. Let me just reassert that i find them both pains in the hoop, despite any ethnic, gender or religious backgrounds.

          1. Bluebeard

            Not saying anything of the kind. I suppose I’m saying that once again all these arguments get hijacked by the extremes and its just descends into a po-faced orgy of offence. I see a tasteless tweet by a well known catholic campaigner get a huge overreaction from an LGBT campaigner and I see the boring predictable spew of hate at the tweeter. Clickbait and old and lazy and dumb and wallowing in the tut tutting that defines debate on here. I sigh with sadness. Je suis triste. Je sis fatigué.

          2. Mark Dennehy

            “well known catholic campaigner”

            Y’know, I can’t help but think that there are a few mistakes in that sentence. I don’t think he campaigns for catholicism, or Jesus would rise from the fupping dead to strangle him into silence out of pure disgust. Also, isn’t that the pope’s job, technically? Wouldn’t there be union trouble?

            And saying he’s a catholic… well… you really have to prefix that with “awful” or “really awful” or “honestly, the pope would like him to join another church discretely”.

            “well-known pain in the fundament” seems a much more accurate term.

          3. Nigel

            So you actually agree with the people ‘outraged’ by this tweet but because you see yourself as a benchmark moderate you feel obliged to downplay your agreement in favour of what they call ‘tone policing’ or ‘concern trolling’ so that you can carve out a foundation, however shaky, for a ‘plague on both your houses’ stance. Given the nature of online debate and the deplorable fact that almost any set of exchanges will involve some depth of abuse and bullying, is this the only topic where you use the presence of such invective to distance yourself from agreement with one side, or do you use the lowest common denominator in all debates and divisions to create a sense of your own superiority to all of those engaged in such fractious debates? That is to say, do you use the fact that oftentimes in modern disputation there are people fighting the good fight badly and problematically to deny the fact that there is a good fight to be fought at all, and that people fighting it are worthy of respect and support?

          4. Bluebeard

            How you can be outraged by the blindingly predictable is beyond me. It smells of fake. People looking for something to be outraged about. Usually the same crowd and about the same things. The rest of your post was way tldr. Soz.

          5. Nigel

            Homophobia is boringly predictable. Although the people who have to directly put up with it might disagree about the ‘boring.’ And their friends. And their families. But to you, the reaction to an ongoing persiatent wrong must be a yawn. And you get outraged when people don’t yawn along with you.

          6. Bluebeard

            Nigel. Stop trying to put me in one of your right/wrong boxes. The world isn’t like that. I get outraged by very little anymore. Even the word outrage… its meaningless anymore.

          7. Joe the Lion

            + Nigel

            Bluebeard expertly called out for the poisoning narcissistic dwarf that he is.

          8. Nigel

            ‘Stop trying to put me in one of your right/wrong boxes.’

            Oh you’re wrong. You’re even wrong about yourself, because you’re clearly outraged about other people being outraged.

  6. Ms Piggy

    All the more tasteless and thoughtless of Quinstain given his own family circumstances. I’d have thought that even he would have more decency.

    1. ahjayzis

      You’re missing one vital difference – Quinstain and his wife have opposing naughty bits.


  7. scottser

    what a d1ck.. you’d think he’d be happy at the prospect of another little soldier in the fight to colonise outer space in the name of the lord.

    1. Mark Dennehy

      I can’t believe you posted that as scottser.
      You couldn’t change your handle to Scotty for even one post?
      What a waste of a perfectly good punchline…

      1. scottser

        what, you want me to ‘pull a jock’?
        oh, my punchline, i shall do what i like with it.
        *places thumb on nose, wiggles fingers*

    1. Mark Dennehy

      It’s a male baby, so there would have to be a sperm donor.
      Which, by the way, is why that whole lark about Jesus being a virgin birth was just showing off. (Parthenogenesis results in female offspring, so _Jessica_ would have been something new but not necessarily something completely biologically impossible , but _Jesus_, that was just taking the piss).

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            I know what parthenogenesis is. The point was you don’t necessarily need a father to make sperm to make a boy baby.

          2. Mark Dennehy

            Two thousand years ago in the middle east, I don’t think you had the medical equipment necessary to be mucking about with stem cells to be honest.


            …wait, are you saying aliens abducted Mary and knocked her up with their probes to make an Alien Jesus?

            Because I gotta tell ye, that’s a *much* more believable story than the stuff we got read to us by the brothers in the CBS…

          3. Don Pidgeoni

            Dude. Its God. He can do whatever. He has the superpowers to invent stem cell technologies

          4. Mark Dennehy

            …I think I’ll stick with the aliens-abducted-mary story, it’s a darn sight more believable.

            I mean, it’s probably even more likely than parthenogenesis in primates…

      1. Mark Dennehy

        I hate you edit box.

        Point of the above was: there has to be a sperm donor (at least with our current level of medical ability and technology).

        There doesn’t have to be a father.

        And if you need the difference explained, you have my sympathies over your shitty, shitty childhood.

        1. Nigel

          Yes, I’m actually not sure if Quinn is asking ‘who’s the sperm donor’ or ‘which one of you lesbians is the butch one, hur hur.’ Obnoxious either way.

          1. Nigel

            Quinn can’t have a baby, he doesn’t have a womb. Where’s the fetus going to gestate, in a bucket?

  8. Henry

    The dates on the tweets are from last Nov 2014 – is this an old story? Can someone explain

    1. Bobby

      I think it’s that the tweets were only brought to her attention last weekend when someone republished them (possibly when the Maria person had been banned from Twitter for the things they were saying).

  9. Jess

    “I couldn’t believe that someone at the forefront of an organisation and a campaign could be so insensitive”

    Have you not heard of the Iona institute before?

  10. Don Pidgeoni

    If only David, or me, had read the piece. IVF. The father is in a vial in the clinic.

    Now, go away

  11. Sesusal Seamus

    David Quinn is obviously a hateful individual but Dill is becoming increasingly annoying.

  12. bobsyerauntie

    It’s none of David Quinn’s business.. or anyone else’s who anyone’s father is, or mother..
    He is like a modern version of the town gossip, peeing through curtains, and spying on his neighbors..
    But instead of through curtains, down at the local parish, he gossips and interferes in people’s lives through social media, RTE and national newspapers..

    Utterly Sad and pathetic man..

    His attitude has nothing to do with faith or spirituality, he uses religion in order to justify that he’s a nosey interfering oul gossip monger..

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