Republican News · Thursday 18 November1999

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Irving refused Cork platform

Cork Sinn Féin has welcomed the abandoning of a lecture, organisied by the Philosophical Society in UCC, which was to feature fascist historian David Irving, who advocates that the Holocaust never happened and that it was a product of Jewish propaganda.

Cork's Sinn Féin representative, Michael Nugent, who participated in the protest, said: ``It was clear from the high numbers of students and non-students who turned up to protest at this meeting that the Philosophical Society was flying in the face of widespread opposition in promoting fascism.

``Their attempts to hide behind the issue of free speech was shown to be a sham when they prevented a meeting in the Student Building opposing David Irving from going ahead last Thursday.

``I am all in favour of political debate. However, I do not believe that we have any thing to learn from the promoters of Nazism. The risk of someone being incited into attacking a person because of their creed, skin colour or nationality cannot be balanced against the Philosophical Society's wish for a little controversy.

``I am glad David Irving was not allowed a platform in UCC to propagate his Nazi views.''

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