Stop sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing Molly Malone

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I wish to in­clude the in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous fish­mon­ger, Molly Malone, in the cur­rent move­ment against sex­ual ha­rass­ment. On a visit to Dublin re­cently, I passed by her out­side the tourist of­fice in the for­mer St An­drew’s Church on Suf­folk Street. There were crowds of peo­ple around, ev­ery­one strain­ing to get pho­tos. I glanced to see how she was hold­ing up with all the at­ten­tion and was shocked to wit­ness more than one young man cup her breasts and laugh sug­ges­tively, look­ing out at his large au­di­ence for re­ac­tion.

She rep­re­sents a young woman who may or may not have ex­isted dur­ing the 17th cen­tury or Vic­to­rian times. Many other stat­ues adorn our cap­i­tal city’s streets, James Joyce ( North Earl Street), Os­car Wilde ( Mer­rion Square), Wolfe Tone ( cor­ner of St Stephen’s Green and Hume Street), to

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