Kenny taunts ‘spoiled’ commemoration

A sectio of the large group of abortion protesters in Ballinalee(photo Declan Gilmore)
“It’s just very disappointing that despite both myself and the Taoiseach asking for silence they kept on shouting when the names were read out,” commented Cllr Carrigy.

“It’s just very disappointing that despite both myself and the Taoiseach asking for silence they kept on shouting when the names were read out,” commented Cllr Carrigy.

Religious leaders have also been quick to react. Local Church of Ireland Rector Janet Catterall said given the nature of last weekend’s commemoration, the protest was, at best, ill-timed.

“The whole thing was just very undignified and I would imagine quite distressing,” she said. “People had worked hard to bring this weekend about and that was spoiled (by the demonstrations).”

Mr Kenny, she maintained, displayed exceptional dignity in facing down the verbal onslaught, a quality that could not be levelled at certain picketers.

Meanwhile, pro-life campaigners have moved to distance themselves from the events of last Sunday, rubbishing suggestions the rally was arranged by its Dublin based headquarters.

“The protest at Ballinalee was not organised by the Pro Life Campaign as some have suggested,” said Dr Ruth Cullen.

Dr Cullen questioned the Government’s handling of the abortion issue, but said the actions by some was not indicative of the broader Pro Life campaign.

“The vast majority of people in the pro-life movement would not support such behaviour which is completely unrepresentative of the movement,” she added.