The liberal blogosphere, Facebook and Twitter in Ireland (and indeed ) have been ablaze these past few days, following Rory O'Neill's impassioned and stirring speech after the curtain-fall of the Abbey Theatre's The Risen People last Saturday night. O'Neill (in the guise of his stage persona, Panti Bliss) gave a deeply personal and rousing exposition of the oppressive nature of homophobia, both internalised and external, and derided the Irish commentariat (and RTÉ in particular) for depriving him, as a gay man, the right to define what is and is not homophobic. It was certainly one of the most powerful pieces of public speaking heard in Ireland in many years. However, there remains one fundamental problem: O'Neill was fundamentally wrong in his key conclusions.
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