Ireland’s Labor Party leadership has blocked attempts to run controversial drag queen and gay rights campaigner Panti Bliss as a candidate in the forthcoming European parliament elections.
A report in the Sunday Independent newspaper says that an approach to Bliss, real name Rory O’Neill, was considered in recent weeks.
Panti Bliss has caused a storm after remarks made on a TV programme about homophobic attitudes in Ireland resulted in libel pay-outs to the Catholic Iona Institute and journalist John Waters.
The report says Labor Party figures weighed up running the gay rights campaigner and drag queen as a European election candidate amid fears the coalition government partner will be humiliated at the polls.
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