Thursday, January 05, 2006

So long farewell...

One of the (few?) noted anti-gay Fianna Fáil TD's has announced his retirement from public life. Noel Davern, a former Minister for Education and Minister for State for Livestock breeding and Horticulture has served as a TD for Tipperary South for 36 years and will not contest the next general election.

Davern had stated his opposition to legislation granting partnership rights to same sex couples and was one of the more vocal opponents in Fianna Fail during the discussions leading to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993. However he was convieniently out of the country on Oireachtas business when the debates took place in Dail Eireann. It was hard to find a vocal opponent to decriminalisation in Fianna Fail but Davern was public about it.

I will however most remember the portrayal of Davern in Scrap Saturday as the none too bright Minister for Education. I wish someone would put those tapes online somewhere!

Ah memories of Saturday Mornings staying in bed until 11 and wiping tears of laughter away.


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