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Colm O'Gorman to take helm at Amnesty Ireland


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Amnesty International's Irish Division will later today announce that they have appointed Colm O'Gorman as their new Executive Director.

Colm O'Gorman has himself this morning to me confirmed that he has accepted the appointment.

He will take up the role in early 2008.
 

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I would assume that this ends COGs political aspirations. Heading a group of malcontents like Amnesty would be a clear conflict of interests with a party like the PDs.
 

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I think there are rules governing NGO work, and political affiliations. I think you cant be involved in an NGO and politically active. In this case :(
 
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Richie Nixon said:
I think there are rules governing NGO work, and political affiliations. I think you cant be involved in an NGO and politically active. In this case :(
The PDs had their chance to make him a senator, but they decided against, and now they have lost their only potential asset.
 

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Good man, Colm. It's a fine organisation.
 

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independentobserver said:
Richie Nixon said:
I think there are rules governing NGO work, and political affiliations. I think you cant be involved in an NGO and politically active. In this case :(
The PDs had their chance to make him a senator, but they decided against, and now they have lost their only potential asset.
Indeed, he is a great media man and could have tapped into a social liberal niche vote in the country, had he been made leader.

The pds really should just close shop. As Jim Morrison would say: "the time to hesitate is through, no time to wallow in the mire..."

Stop wallowing in the mire Pds!! :x

Congratualtions to COG with his new job BTW.
 

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Well done Colm.. looks like I'll be supporting you in my own small way now every year at the Cashel Amnesty Table Quiz

Though politically it makes things look even more ominous for the PD's
 

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rockofcashel said:
Though politically it makes things look even more ominous for the PD's
We're going to join the circus. En masse.
 
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Fr. Hank Tree said:
independentobserver said:
[quote="Richie Nixon":1tpe9mxm]I think there are rules governing NGO work, and political affiliations. I think you cant be involved in an NGO and politically active. In this case :(
The PDs had their chance to make him a senator, but they decided against, and now they have lost their only potential asset.
Indeed, he is a great media man and could have tapped into a social liberal niche vote in the country, had he been made leader.

The pds really should just close shop. As Jim Morrison would say: "the time to hesitate is through, no time to wallow in the mire..."

Stop wallowing in the mire Pds!! :x

Congratualtions to COG with his new job BTW.[/quote:1tpe9mxm]

Not that I regret the demise of the PDs or anything. Amnesty is certainly more worthwhile than the PDs. He'll be able to tackle the catholic church again, something I'll be supporting him in.
Yes, congratulations to him.
 

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rockofcashel said:
Well done Colm.. looks like I'll be supporting you in my own small way now every year at the Cashel Amnesty Table Quiz

Though politically it makes things look even more ominous for the PD's
I think the PDs wrote-off CoG when they did not re-appoint him to the senate. Based on today's news, that was a good call. To be honest I think COG is far better as a spokeman on specific issues than on the totality of the issues of modern politics. One can only hope that he can contribute some common sense to Amnesty and distance it from the anti-everything mob.
 

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Good man, Colm. It's a fine organisation.
Remember the weasel words in those lavishly funded newspaper ads of a few years ago ? "Some say they are involved in racism". The reference was to 3 serving members of the cabinet. Am-nasty would be more like it. What an outfit.
 

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Well done, Colm O'Gorman. Thats a great job to get.

A loss for the Progressive Democrats but to be honest there is a bit of a backhanded compliment to the party that one of our own was appointed.

We bask in the reflected glory. :cool: :D
 

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As a former member of amnesty (well technically I'm still a member but haven't paid fees in 5 years) , I would have suspicions of a PD being in such a role. Just being honest here.
 

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David Cochrane said:
ExclusiveColm O'Gorman has himself this morning to me confirmed that he has accepted the appointment.
No response here as yet from Col O'Gorman's alter ego (Future Taoiseach)?
 

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DOD said:
As a former member of amnesty (well technically I'm still a member but haven't paid fees in 5 years) , I would have suspicions of a PD being in such a role. Just being honest here.
TBH (and i'm open to correction here) i think COG was always a Labourite at heart. I was always under the impression that he chose to go with the PDs for practical reasons.
 
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