Bigley gets Irish Nationality in absentia…

The Liverpudlian hostage being held in Iraq Ken Bigley has been given Irish nationality. It follows a report from an imam yesterday who suggested the kidnappers would look kindly on an Irishman, but not on a UK citizen.

  • Fraggle

    maybe they should supply contractors in iraq with ireland (republic) football tops to stop them getting kidnapped in the first place.

  • Mick Fealty

    I’m not sure how robust the reasoning quoted by the imam is likely to prove in practice. Brian Keenan got precious little leverage out of his a priori Irish citizenship.

  • Conor

    If it can save his life then surely it’s worth it.

  • Henry94

    Isn’t it great that we are so free with our citizenship. Come into the parlour Mr O’Bigley and let nobody mention the fact that it is only a few months since we voted overwhelmingly to deny Irish citizenship to some Irish born babies because they were being born in Irish hospitals.

    Good luck to Bigley. I hope he makes it. But if he does get out lets not forget his mother too was an emigrant and let’s think about the way we voted to treat the Mrs Bigleys of 2004.

  • smcgiff

    Spot on Henry!

  • Rebecca Black

    “If it can save his life then surely it’s worth it.”

    but can it? I was watching the RTE news last night and the new foreign minister seemed to think it would from the rumblings coming from his captors.

    Its a nice gesture of support even if it doesn’t save his life from the Irish people.

  • Colm

    Rebecca

    Loved your last line. I’m sure you didn’t mean it to read that way.

    The sort of sentencing structure error that could appear in “eats shoots and leaves”

  • Conor

    Posted by: Rebecca Black

    “If it can save his life then surely it’s worth it.”

    but can it? I was watching the RTE news last night and the new foreign minister seemed to think it would from the rumblings coming from his captors.

    If a small red book with a harp stamped on it can save a man from an horrific death then for humanities stake it must be attempted.

    Nobodys denying this is a grotesque situation but Mr Bigley’s potential faith is alot more Grotesque.

  • Rebecca Black

    “Loved your last line. I’m sure you didn’t mean it to read that way.

    The sort of sentencing structure error that could appear in “eats shoots and leaves” “

    oops sorry, wrote in a hurry – no, I was just saying I didn’t think it would help much but you never know. And if nothing else, its a nice gesture of support from Ireland for him.

    Yeah the whole thing is pretty horrible, I can’t watch the news footage of him in that cage, its just so horrific. I hope he gets out, it seems likely he will, the two americans, god help them were executed one day after the other. The captors probably reckon Tony Blair can be worked on. Whereas I don’t think they hold any hope for Bush, hence not giving their hostages any hope.

  • yer_man

    There seems to be a run on slips in the last line of posts today..

    Conor:
    “Nobodys denying this is a grotesque situation but Mr Bigley’s potential faith is alot more Grotesque.”