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Each man in his time plys many parts
If, as The Bard had it, all the world’s a stage, then Green Paul Gogarty is a better actor than most. He’s been a New Romantic, a busker, a journalist and an editor before being elected to the Dáil. But even that is only half of it. In a remarkably open interview, he talks about the price of being in government with Fianna Fáil, his multiple identities on web fora, rumours that he was gay, the issue of depression – and the true story of his adoption.
Jason O'Toole, 27 Feb 2009
Do you get on well with them?
It’s been a blessing in general. From the meeting until now, the whole relationship has been 99% positive. Now it’s like I also consider my adopted family my family – it’s not a case of either or; it’s just one extended family now. I don’t draw a line, family is family no matter what it comes from. Put it this way, I’ve been on holidays with my mother and my birth-mother. There’s no distinction. I’m one of the lucky ones – I get on with my entire birth family. My older (birth) sister lives locally; in fact, she would have gone to school with a girl I went out with. She would have been in the same class as her. Jesus! I could have ended up snogging my sister! But as my sister always tells me, I’m not her type (laughs)!