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Labour councillor comments on censorship "insensitive and archaic"- Cllr Sarah Holland

9 January, 2015

South County Dublin Sinn Féin Cllr Sarah Holland has described Labour Cllr Lacey’s Twitter comments on broadcast censorship as “insensitive and archaic”.

Speaking about the Labour councillor’s comments Cllr Holland said:

 “Broadcast censorship first introduced by Fianna Fail, it was tweaked by Labour in the late 70’s to ensure that no Sinn Fein member could be heard on RTE.  

This resulted in the Larry O’Toole court case, which he won in 1993, which RTE then appealed, effectively acting in favour of the state broadcaster’s position on censorship

The debate surrounding censorship is particularly poignant following the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo staff – and the Muslim policeman who died defending their right to free speech. My thoughts today are with the families of those murdered, the injured and with the French people.”

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