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02nd Jan 2018

A Dublin Bishop said we should be more sympathetic towards Al Porter

'Everybody's so self-righteous'

Olivia Hayes

We didn’t see this coming.

Dublin’s Auxiliary Bishop, Eamonn Walsh, is urging us to be more sympathetic towards Al Porter.

The comedian caused a lot of uproar in the media after four people came forward claiming that Al groped them.

After multiple accounts of sexual misconduct were made public, the comedian was forced to leave his role on Today FM, and was also taken off the cast list for the Gaiety Christmas Panto.

TV3 bosses also scraped his remaining six episodes of Blind Date.

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However, now Bishop Eamonn has asked the public to be more understanding towards him.

According to the Irish Independent, Fr. Walsh said in his Christmas homily:“Let’s not jump to judgment without the facts and we have to be aware that there may be judicial proceedings down the line so I wouldn’t like to say anything that would interfere with that.

“He’s a man who has spoken out about difficulties with mental health issues and we do not want to push him over the edge and you have to think there’s always people behind these things.

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“A person is not a commodity – we all have family and friends. Everybody’s so self-righteous these days.”

“We allow justice to take its course, and not usurp it through public condemnation, humiliation and sentence without trial.”

“May the darkness that was visited on our local comedian, before justice to all could be processed, be replaced with balance, proper proportion and fair play, so that he may feel free and welcome to make us laugh again.”