Irish MEP, Paul Murphy, made a scathing attack on homophobia during a speech yesterday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Murphy, a Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, made his comments as part of a discussion on a European Parliament report into ‘homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity’. In his speech, the Dublin politician acknowledged that he had been “inundated with emails claiming that [the] report represents an attack on the freedom of speech – because it condemns homophobia.”
“It is deeply ironic,” Murphy continued, “because in Ireland at the moment, you have a real attack on the freedom of speech.” His statements were in relation to the recent controversy surrounding Rory O’Neill’s comments about homophobia during an appearance on RTÉ Television some weeks ago, after which compensation was paid out by RTÉ.
Rory O’Neill (Panti) has since made an impassioned speech in the Abbey Theatre about homophobia last weekend, which has since gone viral.
The strength of feeling about the issues of homophobia and the freedom of speech could be seen on Sunday last, 2nd February, as the LGBT community, and its supporters, about 2,000 strong, marched in Dublin city centre, with speeches by Senator David Norris, and Max Krzyzanowski, of LGBT Noise.