Are we not sup­posed to have a right to free speech in this coun­try?

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPINION -

SIR,

Your sub-head­line in last week’s edi­tion ‘Huge North Kerry vote for can­di­date ac­cused of racism’ shows that Kerry peo­ple are more in favour of free speech than many other coun­ties.

Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Peter Casey re­ferred to cer­tain mat­ters with which many Ir­ish peo­ple agree but, for var­i­ous rea­sons, are slow to speak pub­licly on.

De­spite this, many self right­eous me­dia peo­ple and self serv­ing politi­cians at­tacked him and ac­cused him of be­ing racist.

Whether one agrees with him or not is ir­rel­e­vant. There is sup­posed to be a right to speak freely in this coun­try with­out be­ing at­tacked for ex­press­ing one’s views and this is what Mr Casey was do­ing.

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent, stated: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaugh­ter”.

What price free speech in Ire­land now?

Sin­cerely,

Michael O’Con­nell, Cliev­er­agh, Lis­towel

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