The ever-expanding list of concerned groups against the Gay seemed to defy the laws of physics, chemistry, biology and common sense. We only have four and a half million people in the country. How could we have ten million right-wing Catholic pressure groups? Mothers and Fathers Matter. The Iona Institute. Educators for Conscience. Stand Up For Marriage. Down With That Sort of Thing. Monty Python Against Sexiness.
And then it dawned on me.
There might be ten million pressure groups but there’s probably no more than a couple of hundred extra-loud busybodies trying to run our lives under the disguise of all these important-sounding titles.
So I did a bit of digging on the linkages between the usual faces that pop up on talk shows and the various creepy organisations. And guess what? It’s like a spider web.
I wasn’t quite sure how to represent these connections since a normal database structure wouldn’t really illustrate them properly, but that’s where our long-term associate Jim Daly, stepped in.
What about this? he said, producing a galaxy of little frowning, bouncing bobble-heads. And there you have it. That’s Ireland’s shabbby theocracy in one satisfying, stress-relieving computer graphic.
You can play with it. You can zoom in and zoom out. You can drag it around.
You can grab, let’s say, Breda O’Brien and see if you can make her bounce off Ronan Mullen.
Go on. Have a look. It’s fun.
Click on the pic or follow this link.