I would like to thank Michael Barron for ringing me today to apologise for his comment on Aoife Fitzgibbon O’Riordan Facebook page, in which Aoife had falsely accused me of using dog-whistle homophobia to defend misogyny.
Michael has sent me the following email to publish here:
It was very good to talk with you by phone earlier today and thank you for accepting my apology on this issue. Again I apologise for commenting on the thread.
I appreciate your work and that of Atheist Ireland to support LGBT people over the years, where you have shown clear support rather than any bias. I wish you very well and look forward to working together into the future.
I accept Michael’s apology. I am aware that he has also been the victim of personal smears in the past, so he understands how it feels to be the target of unjust and hurtful misrepresentations.
Unfortunately this now seems to be an occupational hazard for those of us who actively campaign to bring about an ethical society, as opposed to those who rage-blog about us.
I and Atheist Ireland support Michael in condemning any attempts to undermine his character and the good work he has done for years for LGBT rights, and now for equality in the education system.
I hope that Aoife will now follow suit and withdraw and apologise for her defamatory smear about me.