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Oisín McKenna


I understand that it seems exciting, the symbolic value of a gay, mixed-race Taoiseach, in a country with an embedded history of institutional homophobia and racism. I understand the validation and pleasure that comes from Ireland finally being seen as progressive and forward thinking, no longer old-fashioned, conservative and theocratic. It feels good to join a liberal, cosmopolitan elite, and for people to see us the way we want to be seen.

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