The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and the Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, have been asked by an Independent TD to clarify if controversial activist Peter Tatchell has had any role in influencing sex-education programmes or other policis involving children in Ireland.
“Given the extremely disturbing nature of the writings and commentary of the activist Peter Tatchell presenting sex with children in a positive light, can the Minister confirm whether Mr Tatchell, or his foundation The Peter Tatchell Foundation, or the organisation of which he is a patron ‘Educate and Celebrate’, or any other organisation he is linked to, been party to or had any influence on the development of sex education programmes in Irish schools? ” asked Deputy McGrath.
A similar question was asked of the Minister for Children in regard to any influence Tatchell might have on the development of policy for the Department of Children.
Last week in Dáil Éireann I asked the Taoiseach about whether or not Peter Tatchell or his organisations have had any influence or will have influence on our RSE programmes given the growing concerns about his commentary on the matter. Huge amounts of parent have expressed their concerns in public and via emails and phone calls and to label all of these parents as engaging in a hate campaign is despicable. Parents are entitled to raise their concerns and have these concerns addressed.
Posted by Mattie McGrath on Monday, 20 July 2020
Tatchell’s connections to powerful NGOs, politicians and associations in Ireland have come under increasing scrutiny after a tweet emerged posted by the Ministers for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, welcoming him to Dublin Pride in 2018.
Tatchell has previously written that adult sex with children could bring “great joy” and that “it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.”
The Minister for Children said in a statement that he was unaware of these remarks, but concerns regarding Tatchell’s influence remain after it emerged that he was invited to speak and write in Ireland on issues such as lowering the age of consent and making explicit sex education impossible to opt out of on schools.
A Gript investigation found that Tatchell had also contributed to a book defending paedophilia, and written an obituary for a paedophile amongst other disturbing revelations.
See investigative report on Peter Tatchell here