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This week, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency, maternity benefit payments were delayed, and Stephen Fry nearly got done for blasphemy – and then didn’t. The Eurovision semifinals were also on telly, and lots of people did some good content.
On Sunday, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election with 65% of the vote. The independent centrist beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who only managed to win just under 34% support from the French electorate.
Le Pen conceded after the second round of the election much to the delight of many who breathed sighs of relief that only about one third of France favoured a candidate attached to a nationalist party preaching racist, anti-immigration principals.
Macron will officially become president on May 14th.
What is this feeling?? I am just FILLED with *not* despair pic.twitter.com/bKwvnU35XG
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) May 7, 2017
THE WORLD: please don't be racist please don't be racist
FRANCE: ah mon ami, we are only 35% raciste
THE WORLD: thank god
— albro (@bromanconsul) May 7, 2017
Summary of the French election pic.twitter.com/bnfCy3ul5k
— Paul Cruickshank (@CruickshankPaul) May 7, 2017
Macron: “The election was rly not that hard I mean…how despised do you have to be to get beaten by a fascist am I right??”
— #VivaCubaLibre (@violaslayvis) May 7, 2017
I like how in France the candidate with the most votes wins.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) May 7, 2017
#StephenFry almost gets done for blasphemy, then doesn’t
This week, it was reported that Gardaí were investigating Stephen Fry for blasphemy. In a 2015 programme for RTE, Fry questioned why he would “…respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?” The complaint was made to Gardai by an unknown source.
Under the Defamation Act it is illegal to engage in “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter” against any religion. The law was last amended in 2009, and the government have been considering a referendum to repeal the law since last year.
It wasn’t long before the Fry story started making headlines in the UK, Australia, and the States. Lots of people took to Twitter to criticise Ireland’s outdated blasphemy laws, despite the fact that there has only been one attempted prosecution using the law since 1855.
According to Gardai, they could not continue to investigate Fry because they could not find enough outraged people.
If we prosecute Stephen Fry for blasphemy, then I am totally bringing a case against my neighbour for coveting my ox.
— Peter Flanagan (@peterflanagan) May 6, 2017
Stephen Fry, in D Wing of Mountjoy, tearfully penning a ballad as he serves his time for committing a wanton act of blasphemy.
— Healy-Rae Jepsen. (@EXECUTIVESTEVE) May 6, 2017
Stephen Fry probe dropped after guards "fail to find substantial amount of outraged people". Oh Ireland
— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) May 8, 2017
— Ciara (@Ciaraioch) May 7, 2017
great, thanks the Stephen Fry thing, your da is now writing for the Times talking about it..https://t.co/EZFaUFVYEL
— Mark Conroy (@smark993) May 10, 2017
Look what you've done, everybody. Just look what you've done. pic.twitter.com/iWHq3t8Utw
— Elvis Buñuelo (@Mr_Considerate) May 7, 2017
#MaternityBenefits seekers left without payments
On Thursday, it was reported that over 1,000 people had not yet received their maternity benefits. About 1,300 women in Ireland currently on maternity leave were told that they may face at least a month’s wait for their payment, but that anyone waiting on the processing of their paper claim could apply online and get approved immediately.
Minister for social protection Leo Varadkar told Morning Ireland that the delay in payments was due to procedural changes and that he did not yet have a “clear answer” on why it had happened.
— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) May 10, 2017
Maybe if Dept of Social Protection didn't have staff manning fraud hotline, they could pay women maternity benefit on time? @morningireland
— Colette Browne (@colettebrowne) May 10, 2017
Shameful-&this at a time when Varadkar's department is conducting an expensive phoney crusade against welfare fraud. https://t.co/NcLkhfiZAK
— Eoin Daly (@eoinmauricedaly) May 10, 2017
Hey, leave Leo alone.
When you’re so busy running for leader and smearing the unemployed it’s easy to forget the small stuff. pic.twitter.com/cEXZK8uUvV
— Gene Kerrigan (@GeneKerrigan) May 10, 2017
Twitter does #Eurovision
This week, the Eurovision semi finals were on. Lots of people were very excited because those people really like Eurovision, and questionable lyrics, and lots and lots of glitter. Some other people took to Twitter to complain that Eurovision was on. Those people are no fun and should be avoided at all costs.
This years’ Eurovision semis included a marriage proposal, a very long ponytail, your man from Hometown in a balloon, flowery suits, a lad doing a duet with himself, and Ireland not getting through, obviously.
The Eurovision final kicks off at 8pm on Saturday night.
— Patrick (@PrayForPatrick) May 9, 2017
"She's a much happier girl than she was last year". Marty, mate her song was about genocide. #Eurovision
— Rachel (@ronronzo) May 9, 2017
— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) May 11, 2017
— Paddy Duffy (@PaddyDuffy) May 11, 2017
— Krojačica Sudbine ♔ (@MonaLisa1797) May 11, 2017