According to the Irish Times (Minister withdraws from launch of anti-evolution book – The Irish Times – Tue, Sep 14, 2010), Conor Lenihan, the Irish Minister for Science will not be launching the anti-evolution book “The Origin of Specious Nonsense”. This book has a website – but beware, on my notebook, it seemed to set the processor racing – presumably the over-enthusiastic application of graphics. Certainly the site uses copious amounts of Flash.
It does seem to be the usual stuff. A self-educated author embraces religion, and none of his background really suggests he has beene exposed to any training or education in science. The website includes some quotes from the book, which conists mostly of the usual creationist canards. I wonder if Mr Lenihan took the time to look at the website (or even the book itself) before agreeing to the now-cancelled book launch.
Judging from the book website, I would suggest that having a Science Minister associated with it in any way would raise questions about the Minister’s fitness for that office. But, hey, this is another country’s government, and the UK also seems to specialise win Government Ministers with no special qualifications for the job!
I looked up Conor Lenihan on Wikipedia. Seems like an interesting guy with a record of public pronouncements seemingly at odds with his political roles. Take for example, the article’s section Attitude to Immigrants (Mr Lenihan was Minister of State for Integration Policy from June 2007 to April 2009).