I would ask readers to take a good look at the pompous, weasel head on this nasty piece of work. Gay Byrne is symptomatic of all that is wrong with Ireland. He is a pompous, self-righteous, arrogant, self-involved, Free State, Blueshirt, West-Brit, full of shit moron.
Byrne repeatedly condemned Republicans, especially if they happened to be from the OSC. He is typical of Free Staters in that he condemns the Republican use of physical force whilst enjoying the pseudo-independence that Michael Collins and Dan Breen won. Neither Collins nor Breen were known for their love of pushing flowers into the barrels of British guns…
Regardless of whether or not you like Gerry Adams, the treatment he received at the hands of Byrne and his Free State cohorts on the Late Late Show in 1994 was disgraceful yet typical of Free State ignorance and cowardly conduct.
Gay Byrne makes me think of a priest without a clerical collar, a perverted one who steals money from the parish and abuses children. His approach to Irish society was one of condescension. Byrne always gave me the impression that he believed everyone else to be beneath him. I found it sickening to see so many older Irish citizens laughing at his silly comments and acting as if he was a fucking saint when, instead, he was little more than a jumped up piece of D4 crap that fitted in perfectly with the West-Brit attitudes that dominated the state broadcaster (and still do).
It is only when Ireland is free of the likes of Gay Byrne that we will eventually progress to become a modern and fair nation that can rightly take her place among the other nations of the world. The sooner we are rid of Byrne and his like, the better for everyone.