The 50 “men” of Listowel

It makes me wonder what kind of person will queue up to shake the hands of a man that has just been convicted of sexual assault in this day and age?

It makes me wonder who agrees with the intimidation of the victim of the crime because she reported and had the strength to testify against someone accused of sexual assault?

It really makes me wonder when a priest gives a character reference for the convicted without being in court to actually hear the evidence? What difference does it make that this man attended mass with his Granny every Sunday? If anything this man convicted of sexual assault has turned his back on the church that this priest supposidly represents. At least the priest has finally stood down from the parish.

So people of Listowel what do want your town remembered as? Somewhere where those convicted of sexual assault are held in higher regard than victims of their crimes or somewhere that upholds the rule of law and shuns those who support criminals. Think of this scenario, every time a foreign traveller searches the name of Listowel over the internet the first details that they will be presented with is the support this man received from so called pillars of the community. Do you think that will make your location an attractive place to visit? How about if the victim of this crime was your daughter or sister, how would you feel now about your local town.

Yes the 50 “men” of Listowel you have made your home infamous for all the wrong reasons.

Someback background to the case is here

There is a facebook group showing support for the victim in this case setup here.

Followup to Disgusting

I have to say the reaction of the general French population to the incident in Stade de France last Wednesday night is heartening. They are embarrassed and ashamed of the actions of their team captain. They realise like we all do that this clean shaven hero is providing an example to the younger generations that look up to him that is wrong and totally against the whole concept of good sport.

There are those like the French team coach Raymond Domenech who sees nothing wrong with this and asks that we accept it as part of the game. Then again when you realise that he will be receiving around €862,000 because of qualification you can see his real motives. As this is a fraction of the numbers that the French Football Federation and FIFA will make from a much larger country than Ireland making it through to the world cup you can see where the priorities are.

One thing I disagree with and I believe its from a vocal minority in Ireland is the knee jerk reaction calling for boycotts of French products. I find this childish and immature in the extreme. Then again the people calling for the boycott probably don’t know the difference between Easy Singles and Roquefort. I love France, French Food and Wine and I am not going to stop or make any apologies for doing so.

The world football authorities need to ensure there isn’t a repeat of incidents like last Wednesday’s now otherwise they will cheapen the competition that’s the pinnacle of the sport further and instead of drawing people towards Soccer they will repel more and more from it.