Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Amazing Eire

Ireland, a place I imagine as being a bit like England, only more cramped. No, I haven't crossed the Irish Sea by ferry, although we did see one such ferry at Fleetwood on the English west coast once when we took a break at Fleetwood on our round tram trip from Blackpool. R has made the trip, in the seventies, and kissed the Blarney Stone. He subsequently got really lucky and met me in 1979. Please don't ask his opinion on that.

A miserable, wet, cramped, strongly  religious Catholic country with repressive social orders, have always been my thoughts. What was the point of getting rid of English government to turn into such a repressive country. Having said that, I like the Irish in Australia, the backpackers who serve me my coffee and brunch in cafes. I like their accents and I like how friendly they are.

But what on earth has happened in Ireland in recent years?

A tourism boom for a start.

But the country held a referendum for whether gay marriage should occur. It was a resounding yes vote. While other countries had already legalised gay marriage, this was the first time it was put to a referendum of the people and it won. Subsequently legislation went before the Dail and was passed.

This is amazing, for a country that only legalised divorce in 1995.

Then, while not directly elected by the people, Ireland chose a gay man of Indian heritage to lead the country as Prime Minister, one Leo Varadkar. While there is Macron in France..........oh, no, I am wrong there, he is married, so Varadkar must be the only male Prime Minister/President in the world who is openly gay. (I thought I better check this and Belgium was the first, no longer serving, followed by Luxemburg, serving, and then Ireland. Of course the has been one lesbian, Iceland and she is out of office now, and the present leader of Serbia is a lesbian, and of course the leader of Germa....no, another mistake by me. She is married)

Argue with me or point out that I am so wrong. However, I feel a bit uncomfortable about abortions in the third trimester, well the last two months at least, but I reckon before that, it is not the business of society to interfere with women who are pregnant and don't want to be. It is women's business and males should make not make laws for and about women without female approval, and that has pretty well what has happened for centuries. Ireland has overwhelmingly voted to allow abortions and according to Irish Times exit polls, young people voted at about 90% to do so.

Good on ya Irish. I think after this culmination, you have found a four leaf clover for the whole country.

33 comments:

  1. I saw a little of Leo Varadkar's speech afterwards. And applauded.
    Co-incidentally I received an email from a friend yesterday saying she had fainted in the queue to board the Irish Ferry.

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    1. EC, that is not good. Hope she is ok. Was it hot?

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  2. Anonymous7:06 am

    Good on he Irish. But will the hillbillies of Queensland do the same? Their anti-abortion laws dates back to 1899. - Ian

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    1. Ian, really? I did not know that.

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  3. Wow! I've been elevated. I'm a proud Queenslander. It appears I am no longer a bogan...but am now a "Hillbilly" as declared by the most-informed, well-versed, well-travelled, highly intelligent, intellectual "Anonymous" aka Ian.

    My lucky day has arrived!

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    1. Lee, I can't remember if Ian lived in Queensland or came from Queensland, but I guess most of us can be critical of where we have lived at times.

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    2. hahahahahaha ..... Too funny Lee ..... lets pee on Ian, aye?? Mind you I quite like being a hillbilly.

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    3. Charlie, you are a naughty boy at times.

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    4. Watch it! I have a son and daughter living in Qld; neither of whom could be called Hillbillies.

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    5. Cro, no doubt that the collective IQ of Queensland has been increased by your resident children.

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    6. Anonymous7:05 am

      Greetings fellow Banana Benders, though I have moved on. Bogans are boring while hillbillies reminds me of the Beverley Hillbillies in preference to the usual red neck slur thrown about these days. Thank you for your kind words Lee, but you forgot handsome. Surely it should be there somewhere? :) - Ian

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    7. we have lots of hillbillies where I live. We call them rednecks or white trash. I'm a little bit white trash.

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    8. Strayer, redneck is used here at times.

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    1. Jayne, as I know you are an ever so proper person, there is no double meaning.

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  5. Good on the Irish for having voted Yes! I had no idea about their Prime-minister, but that's good too. Times are changing.

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    1. Sami, and Portugal was surprisingly on the front foot when it came to gay rights.

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  6. Ireland is an amazing Country

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    1. Gosia, I am quite impressed.

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  7. I always wanted to visit Ireland, but in these days of world unrest I've decided to stay home, then there's the fact I can't afford to travel anyway. But I like the Irish accents and the thought of seeing a country so relentlessly green is intriguing.
    I agree with abortions, but not as late as the third trimester unless there is something profoundly wrong with the baby or the mother's health is severely at risk.

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    1. River, while I've not been to Ireland, I remember saying to R, the green is so vivid, it is hurting my eyes. Yes, of course it can be late term if things have gone wrong. Existing human life is surely sacrosanct above unborn life, but if a woman chooses otherwise, her decision should be respected.

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  8. Years ago, when I was working for a contraception-abortion-sterilisation clinic in Melbourne, I happened to be touring the two most conservative countries in Europe - Malta and the Republic of Ireland. The Melbourne staff gave me lots of literature to give to women's clinics in both countries, but I doubt if it helped.

    By the way, both countries were tourist heavens.

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    1. Hels, you may have only helped one person in each country, but surely that is worth your effort. You probably helped a lot more.

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  9. My theory about the transformation includes the election of two progressive female Presidents from 1990 to 2011. Transformative.

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    1. James, I would guess one is Mary. She was brill. I dont know the other.

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  10. Always wanted to go to Ireland but guess I won’t know.
    Times are a changing for the better in Ireland..

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    1. Margaret, it has never been high on my list. I think I would prefer Scotland.

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  11. Women should absolutely be in charge of that decision and I'm guessing if a woman has a termination in the third trimester it would only be for a really necessary reason.

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    1. Agree on both counts Grace. I don't think women would go through two trimesters to only give up on the third unless for a good reason.

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  12. I don't think I"d want to visit a backwards country much unless the scenery was worth putting up with the social order. We have enough backwards counties here in Oregon and I live in one of them unfortunately I suppose. 50% of the populace in our county lives under the poverty level. Drugs are a big part to blame and enthusiastic illiteracy.

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    1. Strayer, I wish parents would realise the importance of education, especially literacy. We have one state here where the figures are appalling.

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  13. My birthplace and a place that calls me back every few years. So proud of the YES vote this last week.

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    1. Jackie, while I knew your family came from Ireland, I didn't realise you were born there. You live in a very civilised country and you can now say you are also originally from a very civilised country.

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