Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Reilly slams threesomes web article

A state-funded website giving teenagers advice on threesomes has been deemed inappropriate by Health Minister James Reilly

A state-funded website giving teenagers advice on threesomes has been deemed inappropriate by Health Minister James Reilly.

SpunOut has rejected criticisms over its article on sexual relations, which described how a threesome could "spice up" a love life.

Mr Reilly said the Health Service Executive (HSE), which gives 124,00 euro a year to the group, was reviewing the issue.

"From my personal point of view, as a doctor and also as a politician, this is not the appropriate sort of information that the state should be putting out there," he said.

"I don't think that's an appropriate use of public money," he added.

The page includes a definition of a threesome as "getting sexually intimate with two people rather than just one person" involving "any combination of guys and gals" and the pros and cons of taking part in one. The HSE said SpunOut had been asked to consider the tone and appropriateness of the article in question.

Ian Power, spokesman for the youth organisation, said some language, including words like "shenanigans" and "spiced up", was amended over the weekend, but he stressed they have no intention of making any changes in response to further criticisms.

He added: "We just removed a certain word. The substance of the article has not changed, it will not change and it will remain on the website."

It is understood the article has been on the Spunout.ie website for a number of years before it came to light this weekend. It has crashed from the volume of people trying to access it.

SpunOut added the organisation deals with topics such as employment, mental health, suicide prevention, education, alcohol, drugs and sexuality, adding that the threesomes article runs alongside information on contraception, STIs and safe sex.

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