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From top: Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas (third right) and James Patrice (far right}; Dublin City Council’s anti-sexism poster campaign; audio of Cllr Janice Boylan’s interview on Classic Hits 4FM

This afternoon.

Niall Boylan on Classic Hits 4FM spoke with councillor Janice Boylan about Dublin City Council’s  sexual harassment poster campaign “Sexist Comments are not Compliments”.

And then this happened.

Garrett Mulhall writes:

During the interview Niall asked the councillor to define what she believed was a sexist comment and he played audio of Kathryn Thomas on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation calling James Patrice “A Total Ride” after he lost 1 stone, five and a half pounds

In response to hearing the piece of audio…

Niall : “Do you believe that’s acceptable?”

Janice: “ No I don’t, I have to be honest with you. No, no I don’t.”

Niall: “We did contact RTE, RTE’s answer to us was they had no comment on whether they believed the comments were appropriate”

Janice: “Yeah because they haven’t got a leg to stand on, I mean, people who say they’ve no comment are usually the ones that can’t defend the statement or the post that they’ve made”

“I...f it was said by a male presenter to a female contestant that there would have been more uproar and in itself that is, you know, that’s just society, that’s the way society has looked at this

Niall: “Are we saying these things in jest and not realising how serious they are?”

Janice: ““No but see there’s times and places for a bit of craic, this is what I’m saying to you Niall. There’s a time and a place where you’re comfortable with people and where people are comfortable with you that you can have the craic with them and that’s fine, but see on national television, see when it’s a stranger to a stranger it’s just not appropriate, it’s not right

“…I  just think when we let things go, when we think ah yeah sure it’s okay when it happens to that person but it’s not okay if it happens to this person, that’s where we’re making the mistake”

Niall: “You believe that’s sending out the wrong message”

Janice: “It is, to be honest with you, yes it is, for me it is. She could have said ‘Oh god, you look fantastic’

Niall: “But to suggest that he was a total ride, you believe there’s a sexual implication with that?”

Janice: “I do, yeah, I do, yeah. I have to be honest Niall, yeah.”

Niall Boylan went on to request to the councillor that the Dublin City Council campaign “remove the posters that clearly suggest men are the only ones responsible for sexist comments and if it’s really necessary to waste money on a campaign, it at least be fair to both genders”.

Deep breath.

Squat, lunge and…

FIGHT!

Classic Hits 4FM

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Dublin West by-election candidate David Hall spoke to Niall Boylan on 4FM earlier about yesterday’s Sunday World story and alleged blackmail attempt.

Niall Boylan: “Can we clarify what the video is about?”

David Hall: “The video is a 30 second video. I haven’t seen the video… when you press play it has a gentleman playing cards with me, interrupting me having banter with a friend of mine, asking me to repeat a specific sentence and that specific sentence…is when I said ‘every house should have one’ it was me referring to me saying every house should have a black. It was in the context of me having banter with a friend.”

Boylan: “Were you actually referring to that cliché that every home should have one?”

Hall: “No, I was replying to a Sri-Lankan friend of mine, Eddie, who said that every man home should have a fat, bald, Irish man. So, in the context the comments that I made were completely inappropriate and maybe… banter among friends… some people will say…we all do it.”

Boylan: “Enda Kenny made some comments years ago and used the ‘N’ words, didn’t he?”

Hall: “Oh absolutely, many people have. The comments were completely inappropriate in the context of banter among friends. This is a guy I’ve known for ten years, I’ve done business with him, we’d be joking, exchanging things, he would have many other jokes. There’s a big difference Niall when you’re sitting with somebody. I have many friends of different nationalities and races and 15% of my staff are foreign nationals. Anyone who knows me knows the context this is in, however, in the event of anyone taking any offence to it…it was completely inappropriate, it was an embarrassing remark to have made, and there was never any racist intent. Apologies to anyone who may take offence from it.”

Boylan: “The whole point is nobody would have taken offence to it had it not been put in the public domain in the first place.”

Hall: “I’m going to put it in context. This is where I was approached by two individuals to seek €10,000 as a payment, which is now being investigated by the guards. There is material there that corroborates that, which, to be fair to Niall in The Sunday World, he refers to that he did see material indicating an attempted bribe looking for €10,000. I directed him towards the information. He saw the facebook and text messages that confirmed that.”

Boylan: “Can I clarify something David… did you go to the guards before the Sunday World contacted you or after?”

Hall: “Yes, beforehand.”

Boylan: “What were they suggesting… they were going to put it in the public domain or sell it to the media?”

Hall: “Sell it to the media. On Friday morning one of the guys, I think, panicked a bit, having the other guy possibly given it to the Sunday World, and rang me to say ‘this has all gone out of my control’ bla bla… so the matter had been reported to the guards before The Sunday World had approached me and a secondary statement had been given since the original statement and the material has been handed over to the guards to investigate and that’s where, correctly, it should be with. And those messages in the article are a number of weeks old, which confirms it’s sort of back dated stuff as opposed to me trying to cover my backside when The Sunday World appeared.”

Boylan: “You do accept that people shouldn’t hold these views, obviously?”

Hall: “The views as expressed, or expressed anywhere else, are completely out of context are completely wrong, let’s be clear, they are completely wrong. .. But in the context of something around seven years ago, during banter among friends… it was in 2007 apparently. The views are completely wrong, and as I said to the journalist of The Sunday World, if you do enough research and meet some people who know me, then my record and my character will stand as it stands. That’s not to excuse… the comments that I made were not appropriate. Someone else might have a different view in relation to the banter and that’s fair enough. And to be fair the report in the Sunday World does say ‘this is a 30 second clip of banter’ it does say it was of banter… I’m very cynical this happened… again…it’s years old. It’s the lead up to the election and they’re looking for ten grand. Now all of a sudden I’m joint favourite in the race in Dublin West and all of a sudden this comes out.”

Boylan: “Do you think it has had any effect on how successful you might be?”

Hall: “I don’t believe so, I think people in Dublin West, all of the reasonable people will see this for what it is and those who know me or those who find out about me will know that this has no merit in any shape or form. I’d say this has galvanised the team. I think this is the largest team out canvassing tonight.”

Boylan: “Are you coming across any people in the general public having a pop at you over it?”

Hall: “No, everyone’s very respectful and understanding about it and understands and believes what it is which is a cynical move. This is old politics, and I was told I’m not a shrinking violet. I have tackled the establishment, I have tackled government, I have tackled banks and… I’ve taken them all on, had a go at them and yes I have made some enemies sometimes and maybe this is just old politics coming back again. There was a time in Ireland where ten grand would get you a lot and this is it again. I hope people move on to new politics.”

Boylan: “Somebody text in saying ‘does that mean he won’t be fighting for mortgage holders anymore?’”

Hall: “I’m just after having a row… I couldn’t do your show this afternoon because I was having a row. I went to meet a client of mine who is terminally ill with cancer, finishing up some paper work with her, doing a deal with the banks. We’ve a great team with The Irish Mortage Holders Association. I’m dipping in and out during the course of the campaign, concentrating on the campaign but there’s one or two delicate cases that are being dealt with and as I say I had a big ding-dong earlier and I’m surprised I’m still standing upright…with one of the banks in relation to funding.”

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

Thanks Mike Hogan