This week, Enda Kenny visited Donald Trump, someone poured an atrocious pint, we got the referendum we’ve all been gasping for, and there was a protest at RTE. The EU also ruled that employers were allowed to ban the hijab in the workplace, much to the exasperation of many.
#EndaKenny visits the White House, #Trump confirms Ireland visit
On Thursday, Enda Kenny visited the White House. He had breakfast with Mike Pence, did a little photo call with Trump, and then gave him a bowl of shamrock. They also had a meeting, which Kenny described as “constructive” and “beneficial.” They talked about undocumented Irish immigrants living in the States, Trump’s Presidential win, and how the two of them are now best mates. They did not discuss Trump’s travel ban that had come into effect on that same day.
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) March 16, 2017
Enda also invited Trump over to Ireland. Trump stated that he would definitely be there. A journalist asked Enda if he would still be Taoiseach by the time Trump made his visit. Enda asked him if he would still be a journalist. It was a whole thing.
To be fair to Enda, he comes from a land where you can say homophobic things and sue anybody who calls you a homophobe
— Glenn Fitzpatrick (@glennthefitz) March 16, 2017
Enda is that horrible roommate who keeps bringing those lads you hate around. They drink all the milk and crash in your bed.
— Tara Flynn (@TaraFlynn) March 16, 2017
Enda Kenny, who had attacked Donald for racism, now floating the interesting idea that the things you say bear no reflection on who you are. pic.twitter.com/7TIxvZA2tc
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 16, 2017
if trump comes to ireland ill be waitin.
— ploon (@wizardjess) March 16, 2017
"We have this thing called the 8th amendment, you'll love it" pic.twitter.com/2M9r8cKdHv
— Dave Gorman (@daithigorman) March 16, 2017
It was during this momentous visit that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan presented everyone with what can only be described as the worst pint of Guinness in the world. The head was in bits. There was no foam. It was even more offensive than Mike Pence’s laboured ‘Top o’ the morning’ that no doubt set ‘St Patty’ turning in his grave.
Overall, it was an occasion deemed fit for Paddy’s Day, full of crass green ties, a bowl of shamrock, and a load of fuckin’ snakes.
Some of America's great shite men have been known to sink as many as 30 principles a day pic.twitter.com/d9WWuwVmLD
— Ronan Fitzgerald (@rmkf) March 16, 2017
The optics of this shite pint say more about the shameful paddy pandering of conservatives in the US than any think piece ever could https://t.co/yY0mZ7HU6w
— Mark Conroy (@smark993) March 16, 2017
The absolute state of the heads on both of these ? pic.twitter.com/wwunkMreVV
— maeve higgins (@maevehiggins) March 16, 2017
Kenny announces voting rights referendum
Last week, thousands of people marched to Leinster House carrying banners, signs, and wheeling suitcases. They were on #Strike4Repeal, and they stood for hours outside the Dail chanting “Enda, Enda, where’s there referenda?”
However, instead of listening to what the public want, Enda decided to lash out a referendum that virtually nobody had asked for – Presidential voting rights abroad. The Taoiseach stated that the referendum was important because it emphasised the “historic recognition of the strong and enduring links between Ireland and all our citizens, wherever they are in the world.” Except those citizens travelling abroad to get abortions though, right?
Enda Kenny calling a referendum on voting in presidential elections after last Wednesday just shows how spiteful and insolent he really is
— country mac (@pitbullnudes) March 13, 2017
Glad we're having this referendum. I've heard too many heartbreaking stories of people living abroad having no say in who becomes President.
— Sue Kirk (@SueKirk) March 13, 2017
— Adam (@RummHammm) March 12, 2017
Enda: We're going to have a referendum…
Enda: …on who can vote for President
— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) March 12, 2017
*In the Dáil probably*
Enda: ..and then, we'll announce a referendum on what the people REALLY want..OUTSIDE VOTING pic.twitter.com/hCZSEv5l98
— sessionmaster (@unviabIe) March 16, 2017
Activists protest RTE’s coverage of #Strike4Repeal
Last Wednesday, RTE dedicated a whopping 20 seconds of coverage to #Strike4Repeal. An event that saw thousands march the streets to Leinster House and effectively shut down O’Connell street bridge for hours was given the same amount of airtime as a story about stamps.
On Monday, a group of campaigners decided to take things into their own hands. If RTE weren’t going to cover the strike, they would bring the strike to them. Around 100 people took to the street in Donnybrook to protest our national broadcaster’s coverage (or lack thereof) of what was undoubtably one of the biggest stories of March 8th.
Instead of presenting the strike for what it really was – a fight for reproductive rights – it was reported as a march for “various issues.” An attempt to dilute the significance of the strike by merging it with other causes commonly recognised on International Women’s Day suggested that over 10,000 people did not march across town that day for one very specific reason – to repeal the 8th.
— #RTE4REPEAL (@theyfra) March 13, 2017
— (??’-‘?)? (@crybbygeek) March 13, 2017
— Andrew Leavitt (@arleavitt) March 13, 2017
— dalt (@radiographest) March 13, 2017
If we're not on the news I'm fighting everyone #RTE4Repeal
— Eva (@ohrithyia) March 13, 2017
— K. Mulhollabackgirl® (@Kyler_Murden) March 13, 2017
New EU ruling on hijabs in the workplace sparks outrage on Twitter #MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe
This week, it was reported that the European Court of Justice had ruled that employers could ban the hijab in the workplace. While the ruling itself can come into affect only if applicable to all religious symbols, it is the view of many that Muslims – and Muslim women in particular – are being unjustly targeted for their choice of dress.
The ruling came after two women were fired for refusing to remove their hijabs in work in France and Belgium. The EU court remain adamant that the decision is not discriminatory, as it references all religious symbols and not just those associated with Islam.
Following news of the ban, thousands took to Twitter to express their frustration. Using the hashtag #MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe, users emphasised the cultural significance of the hijab for those who choose to wear it, and argued that the ruling is inherently discriminatory against Muslim women.
#MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe EU what's the point of talking inclusion when we are legalising discrimination?
— Valery Molay (@MolayValery) March 15, 2017
Feminism doesn't tell women what to wear, that's misogyny. Our bodies, our choices on everything, including hijab. #MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe
— ZazaFL (@ZazaFL) March 15, 2017
Irish Trade Unions need to stand with Muslim women workers in Ireland and resist strongly the hijab ban. Because #MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) March 15, 2017
— Theresa O'Keefe (@Theresa_OKeefe) March 15, 2017
#MyHijabDoesNotPreventMe from being: an IT consultant, building websites, the chairperson of a board of governors and going to the gym
— Natasha Barakat (@natasha8642) March 15, 2017