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October 11, 2018

Irish Gay Comedian Graham Norton Says He's Given Up on Tinder Does Not Want to Meet Damaged People

Graham Norton, popular Irish Comedian seems he is got the problem from all ages, He can't find love. If you are gay like he is, it's even harder I found out. Why? Less of us and less pressure to stick with someone. I think there is definetly a someone for everyone but the trick is finding it. I see it as that piece of the puzzle you can't find and without it certain things on the picture you are putting together don't seem right. Obviously there are people that are happier alone. Some are good looking which means they only need to go out like a mice in the praririe, only when hunger strikes but other wise buried in the warmth of the cave is fine and very secure. 🦊Adam

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Graham Norton says he’s done with the popular dating app Tinder, after meeting ‘broken and damaged’ people.
The 55-year-old BBC One host told Closer magazine that he’d given the app a decent go, but had been very disappointed with the prospects he swiped right for.
“I was on Tinder a couple of years ago, but I’m not on it now. I felt like I’d done it. There’s a law of diminishing returns on Tinder.
“I met a few people and thought, “God, there are a lot of broken people in the world and I don’t really need to meet them”. I don’t need to be part of their damage,” he said.
Graham said he turned to Tinder after splitting from boyfriend Andrew Smith in 2015, after three years together. 
However, he says he’s now replaced random Tinder dates with another love – booze.
“Booze is one of my great loves. Lots of people drink, so it’s not like I have a niche interest. I’ve probably started drinking less as I’ve got older but if I say, “I’ve cut down”, then I feel like the prigs have won. I think people should drink whatever they want to drink, because drinking is fun!” he said.
Tinder is a dating app currently used by fifty million worldwide. Users are able to ‘swipe right’ for dating prospects they like and ‘swipe left’ for those they’d rather reject. Once both prospects ‘swipe right’ they are matched and able to communicate through direct messaging.
Norton told American news anchor Katie Couric in June this year that he’s not interested in the gay dating app Grindr either.
“I couldn’t do Grindr, because you know, of what it is, and I work for the BBC,” he said.

Laura Hannam

July 24, 2017

First Undocumented Irish Deported, It Now Makes That Community Nervous

John Cunningham had been living in the US without papers since 1999. Ice agents arrested him at his home and he remained in detention until his deportation on July 5.Image copyright


Image captionJohn Cunningham had been living in the US without papers since 1999

After a high-profile deportation, undocumented Irish immigrants are on edge and trying to help Latino immigrants who are more likely targets for immigration officials.
John Cunningham came to Boston in 1999. Like many Irish immigrants to the US, he arrived on a 90-day visa for summer work. But then he settled in, worked as an electrician and ran his own company, remaining in the country without authorization.
"All of a sudden you turn around, so much time has gone by, and you start to realize what is going to be in store for yourself for the future," Cunningham said in a March interview with the Irish Times.
On 16 June, nearly two decades later, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents came to his home to arrest him. He was deported to Ireland on 5 July. Because he arrived in the US under the visa waiver program, one commonly used by European immigrants, he had waived his right to a hearing.
Ronnie Millar, who runs Boston's Irish International Immigrant Center, thinks Cunningham's decision to share his experiences and speak out for the rights of unauthorized immigrants in the United States made him a target for deportation.
ICE would only confirm that his arrest was due to his visa overstay.
Cunningham became the first high-profile Irish immigrant deported under President Donald Trump, and it's created a chilling effect in Boston.
"There were shock waves sent through the community, a disbelief that this was actually happening," said Millar, a close friend of Cunningham's.

It is a chill felt by people like Jerry. He asked to be identified by only his first name because he remains unauthorized to live in the US and fears deportation. When Jerry first arrived in the US on a three-month visa waiver in the summer of 2011, he hadn't made up his mind about returning to Ireland. "The lifestyle, the work, everything was just better here at the time. So things just kind of happened," he said. "I had a return ticket booked. I just never got on the plane."
The Migration Policy Institute estimates there are 16,000 undocumented Irish living in the US. The Irish Embassy in Washington puts that number closer to 50,000. Most live in Boston, New York or Chicago.
Like Jerry, many are hiding in plain sight, navigating a difficult world of privilege and panic as white, undocumented immigrants.
"I don't think anyone is outright targeting people who look like me," Jerry said, "But there's still a fear. You could be walking in the street and bump into the wrong person, you can get pulled over while driving, walk into the wrong building or show the wrong ID."
"Most people think undocumented and they think people who come across the southern border," Cunningham said in an interview with this reporter a year before his arrest. "They're not thinking about the Irish guy who lives right next to them."
Jerry, Millar, and Cunningham all acknowledged that, as white men, they can fly under the radar of those who associate unauthorized immigrants with Mexico and Central America. Cunningham recalled local police and immigration officials not questioning his status during stops. He felt that he was given a pass because of his Irish accent. He wondered if the officers would have treated him differently if he were black or brown. 
As a whole, white and other non-Latino immigrants are targeted for arrest and detention at disproportionately lower rates, says Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute. 
"It's the Latino immigrants from Mexico and Central America that are overrepresented in terms of arrests and deportations," said Capps.
Accusations of unequal treatment and racial profiling among immigrant communities have also sparked criticism in Boston about local media attention to Cunningham's arrest. Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, said that for every one story of a white immigrant who faces deportation, there are many other stories of non-white immigrant experiences not told.
Rose points to Boston's Francisco Rodríguez, a Salvadoran immigrant who, after two denied asylum requests, had been granted a stay of removal every year since 2011.

That changed this year under President Donald Trump, who greatly broadened which immigrants the government considers a priority for deportation. Rodriguez was arrested when he arrived for a check-in with immigration authorities in June and remains in custody while fighting his deportation to El Salvador.
Critics also point to racial bias in how Cunningham's story was told. Julio Varela, co-host for Futuro Media's In the Thick podcast and a Boston native, has often challenged what he calls an "Irish immigrant privilege" in local media. In a column on the Latino Rebels blog, he argues Irish and other white immigrants like Cunningham are more often portrayed as model community members undeserving of deportation.

Francisco RodríguezImage copyrightCOURTESY WGBH
Image captionFrancisco Rodríguez and supporters

It's why the Irish International Immigrant Center offers its legal and social services to more than Irish immigrants. Christina Freeman, a lawyer at the center, said their "know your rights" workshops often include talk about racial bias and law enforcement. The participants "know there is a racial bias, they've experienced it".
"You look around the room and see who's in there and there's not one white face in the crowd," Freeman said. "It's because the teenagers being stopped the most often are teenagers of color."
While white undocumented immigrants may benefit from blending in, there is still an impact. 
Millar recalls his centre aiding an Irish woman so embarrassed to reveal her immigration status to her American-born family that when a parent died back in Ireland, she instead stayed in a hotel in the US to give her family the illusion she went home, rather than admit that she's undocumented and risk not gaining re-entry into the US.
Following Trump's electoral victory, Millar said there was an increased fear that Boston's previously welcoming stance toward Irish immigrants would soon change. Those fears were compounded following Cunningham's arrest, he adds.
"We are not in a good place as a society," Millar said. "As a nation, we've really lost our way, who we are and our values - being a country that's made up of immigrants."
  BBC World Service, PRI, and WGBH. You can listen to more here.

July 17, 2015

40 Yrs without Sex so He could be an Example on gay Rights


I don’t recommend anybody to go without sex but I most admit I was moved by Senator Norris story. In a world in which you have one of the co founders of the HRC (Human Rights Campaign, the largest political gay group) between court and jail fighting what grown men now say he did when they were teenagers. He is trying to settled but the prosecutor wont aloud it to happen on the latest case. He can take a chair on the side of many child molester priests and the famous multi split personalities ‘Bill Cosby’ who hid his real sick self behind the image of a trusted friend to pretty young ladies that claim he drug them to then have sex with them while they were passed out. A real peace of work! Even Whoopi Goldberg still backs him against all the evidence because he is black and a friend and her black friends don’t do that….On the back drop of all these filth we hear about Irish Senator David Noris who still speaks out against injustices, be gay or straight, black or white. I am proud to share this story with you.  Adam

A gay rights campaigner has revealed he went 40 years without sex because he was afraid of bringing disgrace on the movement for equality.
Senator David Norris says he “lived the life of a bloody nun” during this period because at the time having sex with another man was a criminal offence in Ireland. 
Senator Norris said: “For 40 years I didn’t even enter a public lavatory in Dublin, any sort of indiscretion on my part would’ve been highlighted by the media.
“In those days the most dangerous thing was to be noticed, to be known as gay, you couldn’t afford it.
“Your job, your friends, your status and your livelihood would be gone.”
But the former presidential candidate also confessed to playing the field and enjoying casual sex in his youth, reports the Irish Mirror.
The 71-year-old said: “I certainly had a good time before the movement started. I was a good looking man and I was the toast of Dublin. 
“If you brought someone home, the last thing you wanted to know was their name, you didn’t want them finding you in the phone book.
“I was with some lovely, intelligent and interesting people but it never led to anything – they all had to be one-night stands.”
Norris also told O’Connor about his joy at the passing of the recent marriage equality referendum.
He explained: “It was the end of a very long process, a 40-year struggle and to make that journey was quite extraordinary.
“There were no people out at all in my day, homosexuality was a word which would stop conversation in a polite society. I was seen as a criminal and an outsider.
“To go from that to seeing everyone so happy – grandparents, husbands, wives, parents – is wonderful.
"I get great satisfaction seeing young people happy together, positive and contributing to life.
“People of my generation were badly affected by the stigma, the shame and the sense of isolation.
“I dealt with people forcibly subjected to electroconvulsive therapy and it really scrambled them, but all that tragedy is now behind us.”
The campaigner has recently battled cancer but was quick to dismiss any rumours of retirement following his illness, adding he expects to contest the next poll.
He said: “I may pull out late on, but for anyone who think I’m retired, I’m going in the next election.”
But the Senator did admit liver surgery had taken its toll.
He added: “The body is a bit shattered, but the mind is still as active and aggressive as ever.”
It may be hard to believe but same-sex activity in Ireland was only decriminalised in June 1993.
The change in law was down to a campaign spearheaded by David Norris which started in the 1970s.
His bid to decriminalise homosexuality was defeated in 1980 in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
The campaign’s efforts were rewarded in 1988 when he won a case in the European Court against the Irish State over the constitutional status of homosexual acts. 
That paved the way for the decriminalization, the Civil Partnership Bill in 2010 and this year’s marriage equality referendum.

May 27, 2015

Ireland Says Give me Your Singles, Your Gays and Those Looking for Marriage

In the jet stream of Ireland’s landslide passage of a referendum legalizing gay marriage on Friday, Tourism Ireland has launched a global “Ireland says I do” campaign targeting the LGBT community for weddings and honeymoons.
“It includes advertising on Facebook directing people to a specially created section on Tourism Ireland’s website,, which is highlighting great wedding venues and ‘dreamily romantic locations to tie the knot,’ as well as cool bars and clubs,” according to a news release. 
“It also features a brand new video showcasing our spectacular scenery and The Outing, the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival, an offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festivalwhich takes place in October.”
The historic vote — characterized by the archbishop of Dublin as a “social revolution” that requires “a reality check” on the part of the Catholic Church — is also expected to considerably boost tourism. It is already Ireland’s largest industry — responsible for more than 4% of its GNP — with 59% of revenue coming from overseas.
“The annual international travel spend by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists was estimated to have been worth in excess of $200 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 with European LGBT travelers spending an estimated $66 billion,” writes Pamela Duncan in the Irish Times.
The “Ireland says I do” campaign will reach nine regions in particular:  Britain, the U.S, Canada, the Nordic region, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. 
The campaign for marriage equality was itself a paradigm of effective messaging, resulting in 62.1% of voters approving the measure to change Ireland’s constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex, reports the AP’s Shawn Pogatchnik. It is the first country to approve gay marriage in a popular national vote; 19 others have done so through their legislatures and courts.
“The proposal was backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it would mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe,” write Reuters’ Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries.
“Prime minister Edna Kenny said prior to the vote that the country could ‘create history’ and that a ‘yes’ vote would ‘obliterate’ prejudice along with irrational fears of difference,” CNN Wires reports. “On Saturday, Kenny said the outcome ‘disclosed who we are — a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.’”
“In Ireland, we are known as a nation of storytellers,” said deputy prime minister Joan Burton. “And today we have told quite some story. This is a magical, moving moment.”
The Drum has put together a compendium of “brands, celebrities and, um, God [who] have tweeted their support of the outcome” — the latter a picture of a double rainbow over the center of Dublin from @TheTweetOfGod. Among the brands celebrating were @BenandJerrysIRL and @VICE. Virgin’s Richard Branson wrote, “Great to see the people of Ireland voting to live in a country where everybody is treated equally.”
“Analysts credited the ‘yes’ side with adeptly employing social media to mobilize young, first-time voters, tens of thousands of whom voted for the first time Friday,” writes the AP’s Pogatchnik “In addition, a series of searing personal stories from prominent Irish people — either coming out as gays or describing their hopes for gay children — convinced voters to back equal marriage rights.”
“After the result was announced Saturday, thousands of celebrants flooded into the Irish capital's pubs and clubs,” Euan McLelland writes for the Daily Mail. “At the George, Ireland's oldest gay pub, drag queens danced and lip-synced to Queen and the founding father of Ireland's gay rights campaign, Senator David Norris, basked in the greatest accomplishment of the movement's 40-year history.”
“The people in this small island off the western coast of Europe have said to the rest of the world: This is what it is to be decent, to be civilized, and to be tolerant,” Norris said.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons, said it is hopeful of developing a vibrant market.
“We know that in New York when it was legalized, the spend just in the first year on weddings and honeymoons was $250 million. Of that, nearly $20 million was in city and state taxes,” Gibbons said, according to the Irish Examiner.
“So, there is a market there. It’s very much in its infancy and this (campaign) is very much dipping our toe in the water.”

May 1, 2014

Irish Sinn Fein Pres, Gerry Adam Arrested by Brits on Murder

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972, it is confirmed.

Mr Adams, who has vehemently rejected the allegations made by former republican colleagues that he had a role in ordering the notorious IRA killing, voluntarily presented himself for interview at a police station in Antrim.
No one has ever been charged with the murder. But after years without progress in the criminal investigation there have been a series of arrests in recent weeks.
A veteran republican, 77-year-old Ivor Bell, was charged last month with aiding and abetting the murder.
In the wake of the recent developments in the case, last month Mr Adams, who has always denied membership of the IRA, said he would be available to meet with detectives if they wished to speak with him.
Mr Adams, 65, a former MP for West Belfast and now a representative for Co Louth in the Irish Dail, presented himself at Antrim police station by prior arrangement with officers.
I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family.Gerry Adams
He issued a statement minutes after the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) announced an arrest had been made.
"Last month I said that I was available to meet the PSNI about the Jean McConville case," he said.
"While I have concerns about the timing, I am voluntarily meeting with the PSNI this evening.
"As a republican leader I have never shirked my responsibility to build the peace. This includes dealing with the difficult issue of victims and their families. Insofar as it is possible I have worked to bring closure to victims and their families who have contacted me. Even though they may not agree, this includes the family of Jean McConville.
"I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family.
"Well publicised, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these.
"While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville."


A PSNI spokesman said: "Detectives from the serious crime branch investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have arrested a 65-year-old man in Antrim. The suspect is currently being interviewed by detectives at the serious crime suite in Antrim police station."
Mrs McConville, a widow, was dragged away from her children in her home in the Divis flats, west Belfast, by an IRA gang of up to 12 men and women after being accused of passing information to the British Army in the city.
An investigation later carried out by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman rejected the claims that she was an informer.
She was shot in the back of the head and buried 50 miles from her home. The IRA did not admit her murder until 1999 when information was passed to police in the Irish Republic.
She became one of the so-called Disappeared, and it was not until August 2003 that her remains were found on Shelling Hill beach, Co Louth.

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