Kathy Sheridan: Terry Leyden remarks show up poor debate

Comments by politicians with no scientific basis must be exposed in public as fake

Senator Terry Leyden: his casual peddling of something he saw on Google as a serious contribution to public policy should be a matter of serious concern.   Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator Terry Leyden: his casual peddling of something he saw on Google as a serious contribution to public policy should be a matter of serious concern. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You don’t have to like the idea of little ladies playing rugby to find Senator Terry Leyden’s views intriguing.

In a Seanad debate about making certain women’s sporting events free to air, he declared that research he read “somewhere” shows that rugby was not recommended for young women. “I am not a great advocate of women’s rugby, funny enough . . . I think soccer and football are much different. I’m not a medical doctor . . . it wouldn’t be something I’d be totally encouraging but the jury is out in that particular regard . . . Rugby is a very physical game. I think there are certain games you can say – not being discriminatory about that, just looking at it from the a health point of view, or from the future point of view of young women who would be playing.”

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