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'PC gone mad' Michael Healy Rae blasts call to rename 'The Kerryman' newspaper as 'The Kerryperson'

"To be honest, I wouldn't agree with it, I think this is political correctness gone mad,” Deputy Healy Rae has said.

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Michael Healy Rae

Michael Healy Rae

Michael Healy Rae

Independent TD Michael Healy Rae has described calls for the title of The Kerryman newspaper to be changed to ‘The Kerryperson’ as “absolute balderdash.” 

The South Kerry politician was speaking out after Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, called for the end of gender titles such as “chairman” and “spokesman”.

The Dublin TD for Dublin Rathdown has suggested that the County Kerry newspaper be renamed, to align with gender neutrality, from ‘The Kerryman' to 'The Kerryperson'.

"To be honest, I wouldn't agree with it, I think this is political correctness gone mad,” Deputy Healy Rae told Newstalk Breakfast.

“Might I say that I truly believe that Minister Josepha Madigan is a very good person, I really like her a lot.

"As a politician, she is very dedicated, very sincere so anything that I'm saying is in no way me saying bad things about her.

"The CEO of The Kerryman is a lady, and she has come out and says she has absolutely no problem with it being The Kerryman newspaper.

"Some people go on with this political correctness in the hope of it being seen as popular amongst people, particularly women, because they might be offended.

"I've never once in my life heard of a lady come in and say 'this is an awful heading, The Kerryman newspaper'. This is political correctness gone mad.

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Josepha Madigan

Josepha Madigan

"And I think that government ministers at the minute, be they senior or junior, have better things to be worried about.”

Siobhan Murphy, General manager of The Kerryman, told the Irish Mirror that as a woman, “I don’t have a problem with the name of the paper. I think the brand is iconic and I’m very proud to be here.”

"I’ve been with The Kerryman for over 40 years and I think the most important thing about the paper is the people and the stories that make us such a recognisable title at home and abroad."

The paper hired a ‘paperboy’ this year in the form of a newspaper stand outside the paper’s headquarters in Tralee.

But Ms Murphy said the paper was traditionally sold by paperboys - "if we were to put a papergirl outside the front door it wouldn’t represent the way The Kerryman was sold," she said.

“I know how important it is to move with the times and I’m a strong advocate of women’s rights, but I also believe that you have to respect history and traditions.

“For us, it’s a case of 'if it ain’t broke, why fix it'.”

Deputy Healy Rae added: “I think the next thing we'll have to change will be that the title of Ceann Comhairle in the Dáil will have to change, the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad will have to change and the 'manhole' in the ground by the local authority will have to be called a 'personhole'.

"It is absolute balderdash of the worst type.

"Can I give another example?

"One thing that I was totally opposed to was when gender quotas were brought in to Irish politics so that parties would be fined if they didn't have enough women .. I thought that was the ultimate insult to women.

"Did anybody ever think that women are too sensible to enter into politics? Do you not think it was an awful insult to put a price on women candidature to enter politics?

"What I would say to government ministers at the minute is, ‘for God's sake do your job’. We have enough to be worried about than to consider the title of The Kerryman newspaper."

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