WRC Adjudication Officer Pat Brady. Inset: a screengrab from the BBC Two video Mr Brady retweeted.

Mr Brady retweeted a video comparing religious MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to Gaddafi, Hussein and Stalin

06/03/2018 update: The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) have stated that “no reply will issue” to Isaac Burke’s letter of complaint to Oonagh Buckley (Director General).

05/03/2018 update: Pat Brady has removed the video from his Twitter profile (his original retweet is archived below) and changed his Twitter bio.

On Monday this week, Mr Pat Brady, an Adjudication Officer of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), shared a video online that ridiculed the Christian beliefs of British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Mr Brady retweeted the video on his public Twitter profile on Monday 19 February 2018 (proof here and here).

The video, a four-minute monologue by comedian Rachel Parris, is a mockery of Mr Rees-Mogg’s “deeply held Christian beliefs”. The video focusses on Rees-Mogg’s opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. Parris states that Rees-Mogg “consistently votes against gay rights [and] women’s reproductive rights”. Parris’ tirade includes a blasphemous reference to Jesus Christ. She sums up Rees-Mogg’s religious beliefs as “horrifying reactionary values” and “terrible views that can ruin people’s lives”, comparing Rees-Mogg to Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and Joseph Stalin.

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is the statutory body in Ireland which deals with complaints of discrimination. All the functions of the former Equality Tribunal were transferred to the WRC on 01 October 2015. Perceived breaches of the Equal Status Act and the Employment Equality Act can now be investigated only by recourse to the WRC. All such complaints of discrimination are heard by Adjudication Officers. This includes complaints alleging discrimination on the ground of religion, one of the nine protected grounds in the Acts. The role of an Adjudication Officer has powers which in many cases exceed the jurisdiction of the District Court or the Circuit Court.

Pat Brady is a senior Adjudication Officer with the WRC. He has heard and investigated approximately 300 cases over the past 3 years. He began working for the former Equality Tribunal in May 2015. His role as as an Adjudication Officer for the WRC formally commenced on 01 October 2015. In May 2016 Mr Brady conducted a mock WRC Adjudication hearing at the Aviva Stadium.

The video Mr Brady shared with his 1,600 Twitter followers can be viewed below.

 

Written by Isaac Burke

Hardiman Scholar at NUI Galway