Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 10.50.01Senators David Norris and Katherine Zappone arriving at Dublin Castle on Saturday

“I very much doubt if married couples all over the country woke up yesterday, looked at each other and said: “Oh darling, I feel so much less married to you today.” I never believed in this parsimonious, dog-in-the-manger approach.

I am with Daniel O’Connell, the great apostle of Catholic emancipation. When some mean-minded members of the Protestant ascendancy suggested that giving freedom and dignity to their Catholic fellow citizens would diminish their own position, O’Connell replied that freedom and dignity were not finite resources.”

“Paradoxically, by giving them to other people you actually increased the general sum total of these virtues and of the public welfare.”

It is all over now, as the Rolling Stones used to sing, and I forgive and forget the No campaigners. But I am immensely grateful to my heterosexual fellow citizens who went out of their way to vote Yes. Without them we could not have won. I will always be grateful, having been voted by a majority of the citizens of the Irish Republic to be at last a free and equal member of society.”

Remarkable journey from criminal to equal citizen (David Norris, Irish Times)

Pic: Sally Hayden



Martyn Turner (Irish Times)

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13 thoughts on “Emancipation

  1. Jonotti

    David Norris wanted to imprison striking workers. Zappone refuses to say whether she’d support the full pro-choice position. Equality for some, none for others.

    1. Mani

      You suggested I commit suicide last week so you’re not what I’d call grand high arbiter of morals.

    2. newsjustin

      Only loons support the “full pro-choice position”. There isn’t a list of “correct liberal views” kept in a drawer somewhere. To allow anything, at all times, isn’t liberal – that’s probably libertarianism you’re thinking of.

    1. Mani

      It was the tender kiss he laid on the nape of pat’s neck that made me think ‘what a proper gentleman’

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