In what looks like a complete U-Turn on his policies to date, Kevin Sharkey has seemingly embraced all the Cultural Marxism weapons in his attempt to secure the nomination from Kilkenny County Council for his Presidential bid. No doubt wanting to appeal to the left wing establishment and not wanting to leave out any opportunity to virtue signal to the Council Members, Kevin professed his support for mass immigration, “new irish”, gay marriage and even overt anti-racism.
Writing in the Kilkenny Journal, Michael McGrath, who was in the County Hall for the session at Kilkenny County Council on Thursday 30th August 2018, witnessed the “change of tune” and what artist Kevin Sharkey told the councillors of Kilkenny County Council in his bid for their nomination to contest the Presidency of Ireland.
Vocally opposed to mass immigration up to this point, Kevin Sharkey now wants to send a message to alleged racists, welcoming the “new Irish” and become Ireland’s first “black” president to send a message to said “racists”.
Kevin’s central campaign message up to then in Kilkenny had been to call for a halt to all the mass immigration into Ireland – but he didn’t mention this at all in his address to Kilkenny County Council. He mentioned his own experience of being held in Irish institutions growing up, and his brief homeless period a few years ago, that lasted six weeks.
During this pitch, Kevin Sharkey employed a strange mix of cultural marxism, somehow connecting his work highlighting institutional abuse, following his sexual abuse ordeal as a child, to him being “the first man in Ireland” to call for the legalisation of civil partnerships for gay people, 12 years ago. “I still believe that, to this day, I played a large part in opening up this conversation.” Is Kevin claiming that institutional abuse causes homosexuality?
Continuing his controversial tone, would-be presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey alleged he was called a “ng..er” just six weeks ago and made a plea to be nominated as “Ireland’s first black president” to “send out a message to racists and also to people who would like to come to Ireland to better their lives“. This represents a massive U-turn by Kevin and sounds a bit like traitorous Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson who bragged about sent out hunting parties to Africa to recruit masses of African migrants in order to smear it in the face of Conservatives…
Kevin also jumped on the opportunity to condemn the alleged racial abuse of the Tralee Rose in a chipper a hundred yards away from the Kilkenny Council Chamber where he was speaking, expressing his “shock and horror”.
Artist and activist Mr Sharkey was one of five people to address Kilkenny County Council on Friday afternoon in search of a place on the ballot paper for the forthcoming presidential election. The fifth was not a presidential candidate.
Others included businessman and Dragon’s Den judge Gavin Duffy, senator and Pieta House founder Joan Freeman and musician Jimmy Smyth, a highly regarded guitarist who told Kilkenny Council he wanted to become “an extension of President Michael D. Higgins” who he admires so much. There was also a pitch from Seamus Nolan, representing the William Delaney 1957-1970 campaign, to highlight the case of a young boy who died in state care, three years after his incarceration at the age of nine for stealing a loaf of bread, but that had nothing to do with the presidential election. It was a nice gesture by the Council.
Kilkenny County Council will hold another meeting on Monday week , September 10, to hear from other candidates, including Sarah Louise Mulligan, journalist Gemma O’Doherty and another “dragon” Peter Casey, the third “dragon” to enter the presidential race.
Sean Gallagher was not one of the names put before the councillors as seeking their nomination. He may not have to seek a Kilkenny nomination with reports that he has Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Donegal councils already in his bag.
Senator Joan Freeman, who founded the anti-suicide charity Pieta House and started the Darkness Into Light walks 10 years ago, said she has been campaigning on mental health issues from the age of 17. “I’m standing here because I want to lead this country into a better way of life,” she said, adding that mental health and issues surrounding growing old in Ireland are among her key concerns.
“Our country can lead among the global partners and be the experts in health and wellbeing,” the senator said. She wants to hold a presidential forum on the issue and champion all of the organisations who deal with elderly people and mental health.
The latest news is that Cllr. Melissa O’Neill, Independent, is openly batting for Joan Freeman, Cllr Breda Gardner as a health professional could swing that way too – Joan is an old favourite of several of the Kilkenny councillors since she spoke in City Hall a half dozen years ago. So now it would be between Joan and Gavin Duffy for the nomination is our best guess.
Gavin Duffy said he wanted to “harness” the type of “soft power” enjoyed by Irish presidents, which was exemplified by Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese in their work with the disenfranchised and in the North, but is not specifically written into the Constitution.
“All my life I have helped people to develop and express their talents,” he said, referring to his work with business people, politicians, young people, and the “new Irish” who have come here from other countries. “Like me, they have all had one thing in common: the dream to make a difference. With that experience, I believe I am ideally suited to harness the presidency’s soft power for the benefit of our people, but within the Constitutional framework.”
Referring to his association with the Ward Union Hunt in north Co Dublin, he said he was never a member, but “defended” the group because of his concern for the native Irish red deer herd. “When it was going to be banned or the licence was going to be taken away from it, my only objection was on the grounds of, what happens the herd?”
In relation to the presence of two fellow “dragons” from television in the nomination race, Mr Duffy said: “I can understand the public being bemused, but I’m the one who turned up here today. I’m serious about this.”
The Kilkenny Journal editor Michael McGrath, who was in County Hall for the session, thinks that Gavin Duffy won the day.