This afternoon.

At a meeting of the Oireachtas health committee.

Minister for Health Simon Harris mentions those posters outside his constituency office..

After which, Senator Ronán Mullen asked the minister:

“What I’m asking you is, is there a disconnect between disapproving of the posters and being in favour of the killing of children in that way?”

Mr Harris responded that he “disassociated”himself from the language of Senator Mullen and that he will campaign for a Yes vote.

Earlier: Still Here

Via RTE Politics

66 thoughts on “Disconnect

  1. Starina

    To Mr Mullen,

    If you know of anyone killing children, please phone the Gardai immediately on 999.


    PS Can you also please tell me why I’m suddenly suspicious that YOU are behind these atrocious, revolting posters?

    1. Lilly

      Ronan Mullen: another pro-lifer who has to date thwarted his sperm in the creation of life. Some might say thankfully, but that’s another day’s work.

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            Actually, I’d bet money that Ronan is probably the one man in Ireland who doesn’t indulge in the sin of Onan.

            And that’s why he’s such an angry, frustrated, nasty little clockwomble.

          2. Lilly

            Possibly. But he’s still letting them wither and die on the vine, so to speak.

  2. Paul

    Plop his face on a poster with any number of Church atrocities in the background and spin that question around. Absolute goon.

    1. missred

      I’m betting he wears the ceremonial robes at home. The Met Gala would’ve killed to have his collection on display.

      1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

        only the robes
        he rustles as he makes tea and toast in the morning

      1. ahjayzis

        Think he’s saying plastering a town with pictures of a miscarriage is atrocious.

        You may not agree, but you’re probably not a woman who’s had one or multiple.

        Knowingly plastering that kind of stuff around where potentially THOUSANDS of women who’ve miscarried can see them is fupping disgusting.

        No ifs. No buts. No whataboutery. You either agree or you’re letting the mask really slip on misogyny.

        1. newsjustin

          I don’t think that’s what Paul was saying. He was equating one thing with the other in the background of a poster and calling them atrocities.

      2. Janet, I ate my Avatar

        forgive me for speaking for you Paul however,
        I’m guessing he is suggesting a misogynistic bunch with a record of crimes against humanity are hardly in a situation to say Jack sh×t

      3. Tony

        He may be suggesting that posting explicit photographs of a miscarriage on a public street is an atrocious act. Other atrocious acts include pedophliia, child abuse and Church cover ups of pedophiles and child abusers among its members. All atrocities. This is great craic altogether. Can anyone else say the names of some atrocities?

        1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

          teaching people guilt, shame and fear to control them for financial and political ends….

  3. dylad.

    Who is saying anything about killing children? Bringing women to the brink of death or letting them die to save a fetus maybe, that’s a type of killing.

  4. ahjayzis

    There’s literally no redeeming qualities to Mullen.

    Remember folks – he’s a board member of HUNDREDS of state-funded schools in Ireland.

      1. ahjayzis

        Check out CEIST – it’s a trust all the child-beaty-rapey-abusey orders put their schools and property into to avoid having to recompense the children whose lives they ruined or that kind of jazz. Great stuff.

  5. newsjustin

    Serious question. Both Senator Mullen and Senator Bacik have not been to the fore in print media or radio/tv on this referendum debate.

    Is that a deliberate decision of both the No and Yes camps respectively?

    1. Cian

      Senator Bacik has had a few letters in the Irish Times – but that would be her personally – rather than the Yes camp.

      1. bisted

        …at least with Mullen you generally know where you stand…Bacik, however, is completely duplicitous…she demonstrated this with her effortless defense of the water debacle…

        1. Lilly

          She’s one of those people who makes me instantly reach for the Off button if I hear her on the radio. Terry Prone would be another.

  6. nellyb

    Harris is a strong politician. He’s been “waterboarded” with HSE adversities as a new minister. Feels like it’s against Geneva convention on torture, really. Nature of the job though, sadly. He’s got my respect, hope he gets all the support he is due.

    1. ahjayzis

      I really hate how we pity the ministers for health.

      I sometimes think that’s why we end up with an absolute mess of a health service.

    2. GiggidyGoo

      He’s not a strong politician. He gave that impression prior to being given a ministership with his rat-a-tat-tat method of discussion. Lauded by his party as a potential future leader. That was very soon knocked out of him when he actually got some responsibility that he has failed miserably with.
      Maybe, just maybe, he could have eked out some respect by actually coming through the back benches over a longer period of time, but like Varadkar and Murphy he got high office almost instantly only to be proven a boy trying to do a mans job.
      Kenny punished Varadkar (the heir apparent to the Fg Leadership) by giving him health and Varadkar did likewise to Harris. Harris hasn’t dealt with it well, and is under severe pressure in his constituency. The only waterboarding done was by Varadkar.

  7. Stan

    There will, presumably, be a GE in the next year or so, and after that, an ‘election’ for the Seanad. There’s got to be a strong enough candidate somewhere to take Mullen’s NUI seat as long as the electorate actually turns out. I can’t believe he represents the views of a majority of graduates.

    1. Malta

      The problem is limiting it to only one strong candidate. Mullen gets elected with about 9k votes. But the anti-Mullen votes get spread between 10+ candidates.

      1. Cian

        He use single transferable vote – so as each of the 10+ get eliminated their transfers are counted for the remainder.

  8. SOQ

    I think Ronan Mullen dresses in a very stylish yet affordable colour coordinated manner.

    Booo @ Bodger.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      it’s what every Amateur Gynaecologist should be wearing this season.

  9. Frill the 8th

    Someone handy with the Photoshop should put together a collage montage – whatever the arty name for it is
    Of Brendan Smyth, Payne, Finnegan, O’Grady and the rest of the paedos the Catholic Church protected, and stick The Senator’s Mull right on top
    Big and bold

    And we should twit the púc out’ve it

    1. newsjustin

      Again, like Paul above, you are suggesting that abortion is as bad as paedophilia or the protection of paedophiles.

      It’s nice to know where ye stand on this.

      1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

        come on you are better than that
        Don’t be obtuse or clutch at straws
        it’s not a good look

        1. newsjustin

          Hold on now. Two different people have suggested replacing the pictures of an aborted foetus with bad stuff the church has done. They’ve directly compared abortion with “atrocities” and paedophilia.

          What am I missing here?

          1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

            you are missing it’s not a direct comparison except to say a church of atrocities is in no position to preach

          2. Brother Barnabas

            was hoping you’d explain your seemingly-deliberate twisting of the peter boylan quote you used in a comment yesterday, newsjustin… disappointing

      2. Frill the 8th

        How da’ púc did you extract that from a suggestion of sticking Mulls head on a poster with some of the paedos he was employed to run PR in front off

        ‘kinda makes me think your not all that convinced yourself
        Like if your conviction was true
        You’d have more grit in your come backs

        At least try and be authentic
        And not like a teenage boy

        And btw everyone
        You can be damn sure Mull knows exactly the origins, and the who and hows about those posters

        And the gorilla attacks outside the maternities

        Good spot Starina

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