This morning.

Portly pro-life Independent TD Mattie McGrath improvises on the plinth ahead of a series of votes this afternoon by the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.

The committee, whose chairwoman is Fine Gael pro-choice Senator Catherine Noone (top), is expected to recommend repealing and not replacing the Eighth Amendment.


Politicians slam TD Mattie McGrath’s bizarre ‘fat lady’ comments about Senator Noone (



This afternoon.

People Before Profit TDs Bríd Smith (left) and Ruth Coppinger holding Abortion pills during a press conference on the plinth before the Eighth Committee votes.


48 thoughts on “Slim Majority

  1. Glass Eyed Willy

    Ooooohhhh the PC brigade must be touching themselves uncontrollably with this gift of nothing.

    1. snowey

      agreed , the faux outrage is pathetic . It’s a well known phrase.
      (self appointment) Minister for PC Outrage Aodhán Ó Ríordáin was straight in the press the over-react button.

      no defcon 4-3-2 for him….straight to number 1

      1. ReproBertie

        Ah come on. “Not over until the fat lady sings” is a well known phrase. It’s the bit where he clarified that Senator Noone wasn’t the fat lady in question that caused some annoyance because, in clarifying it, he was calling the Senator fat.

          1. ReproBertie

            Don’t they all have lovely bottoms.

            He’s an idiot who, attempting to make a joke, spoke without thinking potentially causing offence. I doubt Senator Noone will lose any sleep over it.

        1. snowey

          I would have seen it as the complete opposite..
          stated the phrase….then realise it could be twisted and attempted to clarify

          he should have not explained himself

          can we agree it’s a nothing story….?

          1. ReproBertie

            Of course it’s a nothing story. It’ll be forgotten once the votes come in. In the meantime it’s a “look at this moron” time filler.

      2. Warden of the Snort

        we need Zuppy to weigh in on this, he/she is/was an expert on all manner of fakeness

        and has a lot to say about aborto stuff as well

    2. Nigel

      Oooooh the unPC brigade must be falling over themselves in a scramble to try to pretend he didn’t call her fat and asserting that no-one should find this hilariously objectionable.

  2. ReproBertie

    Maybe the fat lady Mattie was referring to was Our Lady, the Blessed Mary (ever virgin) who is less than a fortnight away from giving birth and probably as big as a house.

  3. Rob_G

    “Man who doesn’t believe in women’s agency over their own bodies is also kind of sexist” – wow, what a shocker

    1. dav

      @kirkbadaz you wouldn’t think that when she blagged her way onto the plinth for the group photo of Enda Kenny and his FG TD’s (Not Senators) at the start of the current Dail. I think she may have used the owld Mayo-mafia pull

  4. b

    FFS, What’s the outrage over here?

    a) Mattie made a bad joke? – Yes
    b) Mattie called the Senator fat? – objectively not true, and he seemed at pains not to suggest that
    c) Mattie actually inadvertently complimented her on her figure? – maybe

    you’d think the permanently offended twitterati would have be in a more forgiving and happy mood over the impending vote than to get riled up about this

    1. ReproBertie

      If he felt it necessary to clarify then the possibility of people thinking he was calling the senator fat occurred to him in which case the sensible thing to do was not to use the phrase. Instead he used it and tried to make it clear that he didn’t think the senator was fat which just left him looking stupid and people wondering if he did, in fact, consider her fat.

      Not seeing a lot of outrage to be honest. Just a lot of eye rolling and “what a moron” or “what an ill mannered buffon” type comments sprinkled with a few “typical retainer attitude towards women” mentioned.

    2. Warden of the Snort

      He didn’t call a woman fat.

      He used an inappropriate metaphor.

      You call yourself a “writer”? Sheesh.

      1. Nigel

        A better writer than you are a ‘reader,’ apparently. Eesh.

        Edit: Actually you’re right and I’m wrong. D’oh on me.

  5. jeremy kyle

    What a surprise. Although he’d only love a bit of controversy. Sticking it to ‘that lot up there.’

  6. dav

    In fairness it kind of summed up his attitude to women in general with regards their reproductive rights.
    Mattie and his ilk just seem them a breeding vessels.
    Mattie and his ilk feel that they should just shut up and listen to what mattie and his ilk tell them what they can and can not do with their own bodies.

  7. Daisy Chainsaw

    Sure what would you expect from a pig but a grunt.

    Mattie McGrath – the git that keeps on gitting.

  8. Andrew

    Mattie McGrath is indeed a buffoon of the highest order.
    Aodán O’Riordan on the other hand, is an utter,utter boo boo.
    The great Irish public did vote to keep the Seanad. The joke is on them.

    1. qwerty123

      + 1, people who voted to keep the Seanad should be ashamed. Absolute disgrace. The logic was, I want to keep but reform it, which wasn’t an option on the ballad. Idiots.

      1. ReproBertie

        The argument behind that logic was that it will be easier at some point in the future to reform something we have rather than reintroduce a second chamber if we remove it.

        No reform wasn’t on the ballot but that doesn’t mean it can’t be in the future.

  9. gerry

    Nobody thought he was talking about the chair. We all know it is just a figure of speech but Mattie decided to have a pop at the chair by suggesting we might think that he was referring to her. Funny to see the man beside him laughing at the comments as he’s not the slimmest himself.

  10. Ron

    11,237 people in Tipperary gave him a 1st preference vote at the last election. that’s the real crime here.

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