‘Is It Time For A Coloured President?’


From top: Cllr Arthur McDonald, Kevin Sharkey, Carlow council chamber; tweet from selection hearings


This afternoon.

At Carlow County Council…

Where presidential hopefuls Gavin Duffy, Senator Joan Freeman, Kevin Sharkey, Marie Goretti Moylan and Patrick Feeney are scheduled to go before the council to seek its nomination.

More as we get it.

Arthur McDonald (Fianna Fáil)

Council pic: Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

66 thoughts on “‘Is It Time For A Coloured President?’

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Who is this tactless, ignorant woman and who let her off the Plantation?

    1. Clampers Outside!

      I dunno…. what about the NAACP in the US? Also, the now common use ‘POC’ acronym.

      If the phrase “person of colour” or simply ‘POC’ was used, would that be acceptable? Open question…

      1. realPolithicks

        “Colored” was a pejorative term used by white people to describe former slaves beginning in the “Jim Crow” era, it’s certainly not a phrase you would hear in common usage today.

    2. kerryview

      I think you should read posts twice before calling the poster ignorant. You have shot the messenger.

    3. Cú Chulainn

      I’m pink. Veering from bright red to fishbelly white.. depending on the weather. Am I coloured..?

      1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

        I’m kinda sallow yellow meself,
        really narrows down the colour palate in autumn colours

      1. DeKloot

        It was explicitly used in a loaded way ffs. The question asks if the colour of his skin should somehow influence his candidacy. Cmon.

        1. Rob_G

          He was trying to be nice (albeit in a quite patronising, mildly racist way) – cut him a wee bit of slack.

          1. kellMA

            Trying and miserably failing. I am sorry but in this day and age, I just cannot see how someone can, for one second, think it in any way a remotely valid point or selection criteria when determining someone’s ability to do something. Skin colour is so irrelevant, it’s not even worth mentioning. He is a councilor, not some ill-educated octogenarian cradling a pint in Kerry. The bar seems to be very low when it comes to standards in office here of late. Between this galoot and the Healy Raes and Lowrys of the country, you can see why people regard politicians with so little respect.

          2. DeKloot

            OK. Let’s work from there. Let’s imagine he asked him “Is it time for a *black* President?” Is that quite patronising, mildly racist as you put it? Like fook it is. It’s blatantly ignorant and overtly racist. And all made worse in the context of how he tee’d up his question. He’s a meatsack full of hateful bile.

          3. Rob_G

            “He’s a meatsack full of hateful bile.”

            jaysus – do you really believe that? It seems to me more the case that he is a well-meaning enough oul lad who isn’t particularly up-to-date with the more correct terminology, and that’s it.

            “He is a councilor, not some ill-educated octogenarian cradling a pint in Kerry.”

            – he looks to be in his 60s (at least), and is Carlow really that much more cosmopolitan than Kerry? There are plenty of examples of people being actually hateful to people of other races to be outraged about, rather than well-meaning, but insensitive, faux pas…

          4. Rob_G

            do you know, upon reading it again, perhaps you are right (I thought from initial reading he thought it was a great idea all-together

  2. Alan mc gee

    surely we’re the first country to have both a gay president and gay person of colour taoiseach. we’d really need a trans person of colour president to be the talk of the town.
    Do we have any trans persons of colour with that kind of profile here???
    Katie Taylor?

  3. rotide

    The US has had a sizeable black population for at least 200 years, it was well past time they had a black president.

    The UK has had a sizeable black population for at least 70 years, it’s well past they have have a black PM

    We have had a sizeable (and that is really really stretching the term) black population for about 20 minutes. It’s not like generations of people of color have been clammoring for civil rights here. Not saying we shouldn’t have a black president, I’m sure Kev would knock Duffy into a cocked hat. It’s just that it’s not a ‘thing’ like say repealing the 8th was and trying to claim it is just seems like virtue signalling in the extreme (I know how much people round these parts love that phrase)

      1. Cian

        Technically the Poles are the biggest minority (after wimmen). So it should be a Polish President we aim for

    1. George

      What? You think Kevin Sharkey, running on an anti-immigration platform and incredibly ignorant about the role of
      president would be better than Gavin Duffy?

      Anyway the man to beat is Miggeldy.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I’d say he thinks ‘darkie’ but says ‘coloured’ as he feels that’s more PC.

        1. Steph Pinker

          … but, McDonald is ‘Lovin’ it!’ – Especially in Eastwood, down by the river :(

  5. Dhaughton99

    He could be on to something here. Is Kevin still homeless? A black homeless prez. Another off the housing list if he did get the White House.

  6. Ollie Cromwell

    Talking of coloured and president there’s a poll out today showing a big uptick in the approval ratings of Donald Trump amongst American blacks thanks mainly to more of them being in work than at any time since records began.
    Today’s Trump approval ratings among black voters: 31% This day last year: 18%
    Not that you’ll read about this in any newspapers tomorrow.
    Just a poll.
    Make of it what you will.

    1. Huey Luas on the News

      That’s also reported by Breitbart (doesn’t deserve a link).
      Thanks for sharing your search/reading patterns.

  7. Sheik Yahbouti

    No. Oh you mean sort of pinky grey, with a touch of purple around the eyes and a blueish chin, like moi? Yeah, that would be fine

  8. Jésus María Josépha

    Such ignorance.

    It’s “President of Colour”. Not “Coloured President”.


        1. Rob_G

          I have been listening to their first album all morning since seeing this thread; I am always amazed how F. Sharkey managed to go so far in the other direction with his poopy, schmaltzy solo stuff…

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