Recording of Kilduff’s views on same-sex marriages emerges

‘Dirty linen and dirty tricks’

A recording has emerged of Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, telling a Fianna Fáil meeting that “two women having babies artificially inseminated” was “gross”. He also expresses opposition to gay couples adopting children.

  Last year Fianna Fáil headquarters were asked to investigate the alleged covert recording of a speech made at a meeting of the Boyle Local Electoral Area branch at the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown, on January 22, 2015.

  On the recording Cllr. Kilduff speaks forthrightly against same-sex marriage, ahead of the referendum that was then a few months’ away.  

  Cllr. Kilduff expresses disappointment that his party were taking the same stance as Fine Gael and Labour by endorsing a “yes” vote.

  He said: “Fine Gael, when they were in power, they wouldn’t give us the smell of their wee-wee. They would never co-operate.

  “I think myself that we are co-operating too much with Fine Gael and the Labour Party on different things, let it be abortion, gay marriage or whatever.”

  He said that his main objection to gay marriage was that he didn’t feel same-sex couples were suited to rearing children.

  “While I have no problem with gay or lesbian people living together, I want to make it quite clear I have a problem with Fianna Fáil saying, and agreeing to it, that they will be equal in marriage to a man and woman,” he said.

  “Personally, I won’t be voting for it. I have no problem with gay and lesbians, but the problem I have is the children.

  “And when you have two women having babies artificially inseminated – all I can say to you is: it’s gross,” said Cllr. Kilduff.