Hecklers must not have a veto

“I’m very disappointed with the Literary and Debating Society of NUI Galway. Having wrapped themselves in the mantle of freedom of expression over their invitation to David Irving, they let the mantle slip last night. Having invited former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) to a public interview, the event had to be abandoned because of protests by students opposing the reintroduction of college fees … The Auditor of the Lit & Deb, Dan Colley, is reported to have said that he was ‘disappointed’ at the turn of events, and concluded ‘This was a failure of freedom of speech’. No, Dan, this was a failure on the part of the Lit & Deb to protect the process of freedom of speech …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 February]

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