Miriam Lord’s Week

Euro candidates pylon pressure

Senator Rónán Mullen told his audience the public is losing trust in politics.

Senator Rónán Mullen told his audience the public is losing trust in politics.

Sat, Feb 8, 2014, 01:00

Pylophobia: it’s everywhere these days and utterly rampant in Irish politics. Take committed pylophobe Rónán Mullen, who launched his European election campaign in Galway on Thursday night.

A large crowd attended the event in the Ardilaun Hotel – a fine establishment which sealed its place in Irish political history as the scene of Brian Cowen’s infamous Garglegate episode.

In launching his bid for Brussels, Senator Mullen told his audience Ireland needs “strong social values” to respond to the current challenging times. He said the public is losing trust in politics and wondered if, for example, we can trust politicians not to erect massive pylons against the wishes of the people. We cannot escape pylophobia at the moment.

With elections to Europe on the horizon, most candidates in the two constituencies outside Dublin are strongly expressing their opposition to the proposed placing of pylons on the pure Irish landscape.

Instead, they want them to go underground and remain there.

Flaunting themselves

Lest anybody think otherwise, pylophobes such as Senator Mullen have nothing against electricity, which must be respected at all times.

Indeed, another candidate told us recently one of her best friends is an electrician.

And wasn’t Ireland a darker place before the electricity arrived and brought such gaiety and music and colour into our lives?

It’s just the sight of those pylons out in the open for all to see that’s a problem. Flaunting themselves at the traditional lamp-posts and telegraph poles which we know and love.

It’s Pat Rabbitte’s fault.

To paraphrase Senator Jim Walsh in the Seanad this week (speaking on an entirely different matter), the onward march of the pylons is nothing more than electrical re-engineering peddled by the AC/DC ideological movement.

Above all, we really have to think of the children. Studies have shown that pylons could pose a significant risk to the health of our children. So until further studies are completed, and in the interests of the greater good, it would be unwise to let pylons loose on the landscape.

And the children.

And if holding these views makes you a pylophobe, so be it.

Homophobia, on the other hand, is a different kettle of writs.

The highlight of the week in Dáil Éireann came from Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer and his Labour colleague John Lyons, who know all about homophobia. They shared their knowledge to a near empty Dáil chamber on Thursday.

“Two people in here know what homophobia feels like, what it is like to called a queer, a fag, a gatheir opposit y” said Lyons, not suggesting for one moment he had encountered such language in Leinster House.

Buttimer spoke of being beaten up and spat at in the street because he is gay.

“This week in this Oireachtas we were told as gay people that it is a matter of ‘social re-engineering’ by the ‘gay ideological movement’,” he said, recalling words spoken earlier in the Seanad.

‘Spout hatred’

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