This week, Eric Bristow said that child abuse victims were wimps, Bertie said he was too busy to rejoin Fianna Fail, and Enda said the Pope was a top lad. Green Day also sold some tickets to a show in Dublin, because they’re playing there, soon.
#EricBristow fired from Sky Sports after comments about child sex abuse victims
This week, Eric Bristow said that victims of child sexual abuse who don’t speak out are “wimps.” In a string of tweets on Monday night the darts champion declared that if someone had been touching him as a kid, he would have “went back and sorted that poof out.” Bristow also stated that darts players are tough, unlike football players.
Bristow was swiftly sacked from his position as Sky Sports commentator, and dropped from a number of appearances including an event at Newcastle United football club. He appeared on Good Morning Britain a few days later to defend his comments, claiming that he only wished victims of abuse would speak out sooner so less people would be harmed, instead of what he actually said which was that people who don’t report their abuse are wimps, and not a big tough darts man like him.
Bristow also apologised for the offence he had caused, saying that his tweets were simply “worded wrong.”
Sky Sports have held talks this morning about the tweets from Eric Bristow, their darts pundit, and "will not be using him in the future."
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) November 29, 2016
Eric Bristow's manager asked BBC for £5000 (+VAT) when asked if his client would discuss his tweets about the survivors of child sex abuse.
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) November 30, 2016
It was a very courageous thing those players did speaking out. Shame you feel you have to diminish that. You're not brave mate
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) November 28, 2016
I'm sure everyone would agree that disclosing abuse takes more bravery than chucking little bits of metal towards a wall. #EricBristow
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) November 29, 2016
ERIC BRISTOW STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/HhxEkEOzVr
— Eric Bristow MBE (@ericbristow) November 30, 2016
#FiannaFail want #Bertie back
On Tuesday, it was reported that Fianna Fail had voted unanimously to ask Bertie Ahern back to their party. FF Dublin Central stated that the point had been raised by two party members in their 80s, and that the 30 or so remaining members all agreed to draft a letter to Ahern.
Bertie first left the party back in 2012 after the Mahon tribunal was published detailing information about payments that had not been fully accounted for during his term as Taoiseach. Since then, he has never expressed any explicit interest in returning to politics… Other than his involvement in multiple peace processes, and that one time someone saw him hanging around canvassing for Fianna Fail during the election.
Yesterday, Ahern told the Star that he was too busy to return to the party, probably.
The boom just got boomier.https://t.co/dssuVdx29x
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) November 29, 2016
You gotta give Bertie Ahern credit, he's back in Fianna Fail quicker than the 400,000 that emigrated could return to Ireland #vinb
— Jamie Hogan (@FCTwenteBenson) November 29, 2016
Loads of celebrity deaths in 2016 but Bertie Ahern has to be the first celebrity resurrection.
— Healy-Rae Jepsen. (@EXECUTIVESTEVE) November 30, 2016
So Bertie Ahern is coming back, apparently… Is that when we're supposed to take those iodine tablets?
— Andrew Lennon (@ALennon92) November 29, 2016
Just woke up and it seems Ireland has drunk texted Bertie Ahern. The ex who ruined everything, but we're bored so we texted anyway
— Adam (@RummHammm) November 30, 2016
For the day that's in it I'm bringing back my fav Bertie pic pic.twitter.com/7RWPdEFdRZ
— Stephen (@stephenride) November 30, 2016
#Pope to visit Ireland in 2018
Pope Francis is set to visit Ireland in 2018 much to the delight of Catholics and maybe not even some of them, to be honest. Enda Kenny met with the Pope in the Vatican during the week, where the two of them confirmed that the Pope would indeed take a little unnecessary trip over here in August 2018 conveniently close to the time when Ireland is expected to hold an actually necessary referendum on the eighth amendment.
According to Enda, the Pope is “very special.” He agreed with the Pope on everything the Pope had to say about everything. He said the Pope and the Church are great and the Pope blessed him and said cheers. He told the Pope he could crash in his gaff when he came to stay and the Pope said it was okay, he’d get a room in the new Holiday Inn Express on O’Connell St. He said the Pope and him are best mates.
Lots of people on the internet either didn’t care that the Pope announced his plans to visit, or they were quite opposed to it. Seeing as the Catholic church has pretty much attempted to halt any kind of progress the country has tried to make in the past 100 years, many Twitter users weren’t too pleased that our head of government was so delighted about having the Pope over for a bit in a few years time.
Let the pope come to Ireland all he likes. But let the church organise his visit. It shouldn't have anything to do with Enda Kenny and govt
— Caoimhe Hogan (@Caoimhe_NiOgain) November 28, 2016
'Any chance of putting in a word with the man upstairs for a Mayo All-Ireland?'
'Men have been beatified for lesser miracles' pic.twitter.com/wOP7xpkW89
— Damien O'Meara (@damien_omeara) November 28, 2016
Enda Kenny doing everything he can to get the Pope to visit in 2018… the potential year of a referendum to #repealthe8th.
— Patrick Dempsey (@PatMattDempsey) November 25, 2016
#GreenDay announce Dublin date, people get excited
This week, Green Day tickets went on sale. Lots of people who like Green Day were very excited because it’s apparently been a few years since Green Day played in Ireland, and Kilmainham is a nice spot, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams is still a melancholy banger after all these years.
Green Day are playing next Summer and there are still tickets on sale, so get them if you want because the gig’s over 18s which is pretty good.