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Panti has a message for Breda O'Brien

O’Brien said she’d like to face Panti in a public debate.

PANTI BLISS SAYS she has a message for the Iona Institute’s Breda O’Brien: She’d love to talk to her in a public debate – as long as it’s respectful.

The drag performer, whose alter ego is Rory O’Neill, made the comment after O’Brien told the Sunday Independent she would ‘face’ Panti in a respectful public debate.

In response, Panti said on Facebook: “I’m in.”

breda panti Source: Panti Bliss via Facebook

She also tweeted the link to this video on Twitter:

Source: One Mans rubbish is another Mans gold/YouTube

In January 2014, RTÉ apologised for the ‘distress’ caused by comments by Rory O’Neill about homophobia on an episode of the Saturday night Show.

RTÉ made a payout to members of the Iona Institute, including O’Brien, over the comments.

The incident became known as ‘Pantigate’, with the issue even being debated in the Dáil and the Seanad.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent yesterday, O’Brien said she was forced into “a closet” over the Pantigate affair.

Read: RTÉ apologises for ‘distress’ caused by Saturday Night Show guest’s comments>

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