Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim, has criticised RTÉ for censoring debate on homophobia.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:
“The appearance of Rory O’Neill on RTE’s Saturday Night Show has sparked a debate on homophobia in Ireland.
“I am willing to rely on Rory O’Neill, as a leading figure in Ireland’s LGBT movement, to know what homophobia is.
“The government has promised a referendum on marriage equality in 2015 following a recommendation by a majority of the Constitutional Convention to amend the constitution to allow same sex marriage.
“This referendum will spark much debate.
“Those who publicly advocate inequality cannot hide behind defamation legislation when they are called out on the views they seek to fain popular support for.
“This country has had a poor history of censorship.
“For many years some of our great authors suffered at the hands of the censorship board. Section 31 kept republicans off airwaves for many years.
“RTÉ has a habit of facilitating this censorship, and as the public service broadcaster this is a worrying aspect.
“It should not be case that those who call homophobia out for what it is that suffer the censorship.”