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Senator describes Hitler and Mussolini as 'good Christians'

Anything happen in the Seanad yesterday then?

Adolf Hitler, left, and Benito Mussolini saluting during a 1938 meeting.
Adolf Hitler, left, and Benito Mussolini saluting during a 1938 meeting.
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ATTENTION DIDN’T SHIFT from the Dáil chambers much yesterday as TDs attempted to get through the controversial abortion legislation, but while we weren’t looking there were some interesting goings-on in the Seanad.

During a debate about its own abolition, Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden got himself into a bit of strife after describing Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

In his own words:

The Pope was influential at that time but not as influential with Hitler and Mussolini…both good Christians, allegedly. Allegedly. Well, they were. [To a colleague off screen] You can check that too. I said they were trying to be. One was a clerical steward…Not in their activity. They were monsters and they destroyed the whole continent of Europe. Let’s be quite clear about that.

On realising the absurdity of the conversation, he apologised to the chair and admitted he was getting distracted.

Watch it all here:

(YouTube: itonlyencouragesthem)

Hat tip to Paul Duggan from It Only Encourages Them

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