Upcoming Events

National | Elections / Politics

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith

offsite link Centrism extremism: how horseshoe-politics silences brutality Sat Jul 02, 2016 18:25 | yeksmesh

offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Hell at the Gates: A propaganda exercise

offsite link Breaking: New minister for investigative judges to be appointed Anthony

offsite link Michael O’Regan: A ‘surface’ journalist Anthony

offsite link Brendan Howlin: A political leprechaun Anthony

offsite link Irish media should be fighting gagging law Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

NAMA Wine Lake >>

Ronan Mullen: Independent Senator. Liberal?

category national | elections / politics | opinion/analysis author Saturday March 26, 2011 16:28author by Christopher Isherwood Report this post to the editors

Questions about Senator Ronan Mullens position on important issues

There is not one word on his literature about his position on abortion, civil partnership, his opposition to gay rights in general, his opposition to sex education. Not one word about religious values. No reference to his support for the Iona Institute and the right wing economic policies of its director David Quinn (overspending on public services was the problem)

His Brief CV makes no mention of his period as sec to archbishop Connell. He is only for adult stem cell research etc

You would think he was a soft-hearted liberal!

When will he come out as a catholic extremist?

The bill to provide civil partnerships and increased rights for same-sex couples was passed by the Oireachtas but only after an extraordinarily ill-tempered debate in the Seanad. Independent Senator Ronan Mullen was accused of filibustering in a bid to block the bill after speaking at length throughout the debate.

On one proposed amendment alone, he spoke for more than 30 minutes and quoted the soliloquy from Hamlet! He denied filibustering but said he had a "higher duty" to speak to his concerns over the bill.

Other senators, however, accused him of being "a bully" and a "dictator" and making a "mockery" of the Seanad. Fine Gael senator Eugene Regan, meanwhile, said one of the amendments proposed by opponents of the bill simply boiled down to "a hostility towards gay people".

Mullen was sec to Archbishop Connell at the time that child abuse was being hidden by the Catholic Church. Mullen was aware of this but spun lies on behalf of his Fuhrer. Vincent Browne uncovered a mendacious statement issued by Mullen where he denied that money was paid by the RCC in the Payne case. The Ryan Report shows that money was paid.

Mullen also complained about RTEs coverage of clerical child abuse:

"WHAT can you get for 23p a day?" Anyone listening to RTE radio these days will recognise the station's campaign to justify its TV licence fee.

To the sound of an apple being munched, we are told all about RTE's good deeds - from concert orchestras to news on the web. The message is clear: if we're getting all this for 23p a day we're doing fairly well. But are we? Watching last week's Prime Time special about the Christian Brothers and sexual abuse in Australia, Canada and Ireland, I had reason to wonder at the way our fee is being spent.

It's also hard to be optimistic about RTE's future coverage of sex abuse. We've seen this imbalance before. States of Fear was justly criticised for failing to give historical context or balanced overview, but these criticisms were never accepted by Raftery and her team. The evidence from Prime Time was that they intend to give us more of the same.

Some days an apple seems like better value.


Related Link: http://www.RonanMullen.ie
author by mobkellspublication date Mon Mar 28, 2011 15:30Report this post to the editors

It's a bit rich to criticize Ronan Mullen for his election literature in this way without comparing it to the election literature of the other candidates.

How many of them fail to highlight their party affiliations?

How many say little or nothing about any of their policies?

Does Mullen not include a link to his website? And does that not give a very full and accurate picture of his political and personal values and beliefs?

Disagree with him if you wish - but don't accuse him of concealing his views. He does anything but.

author by Clovepublication date Wed Apr 25, 2012 04:25Report this post to the editors

24/04/2012 primetime. check it out.

This d*ckhead was on tv denying the vaticans collusion with child rapists in Ireland. Unbelievable.
Fr. flanagan is hounded as a heretic by the likes of mullen for facing reality that women priests should be allowed, 80% of catholics use contraception and that priests should be allowed marry. However, when it comes to child rapists who conform, people like mullen are all about denial and PR for the cynical actions of the vatican. Bah! what amazes me is that anyone has any respect for the church anymore.

They are responsible for widespread child rape, the propagation of the notion that contraceptive use is a sin amongst ignorant and naive people in africa, resulting in many many horrible protracted miserable deaths from aids etc etc.

People like Ronan Mullen are the vaticans "useful idiot" facilitators and apologists and are just Evil fuckers who remind me most of the people depicted in vampire stories helping dracula. Jesus if he did indeed exist, judging by his socialist anti authoritarian woman appreciating character in the stories, would not have pissed up against the likes of Mullen.

Ronan Mullen, vatican child rape cover up apologist...
Ronan Mullen, vatican child rape cover up apologist...

© 2001-2016 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy