Here’s a hard and fast rule: if you are leading a government which is currently trying to censor its own citizens in at least three draconian ways (which I will be happy to outline shortly), you cannot credibly use the “our enemies are a threat to free speech” argument as a hard-hitting condemnation of your political opponents. To do so would, in fact, be laughable.
But that is effectively what Fine Gael did this week, when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a great song and dance about Sinn Féin’s record on free speech.
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