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Rabbitte’s comments on RTÉ ‘bizarre’ – McDonald

25 March, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin TD and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has described comments by former Minister of Communications Pat Rabbitte as bizarre. Deputy Rabbitte made a series of charges in the course of tonight’s Dáil debate on water charges, branding RTÉ as biased in their coverage and accusing the state broadcaster of failing their statutory duties.

 Deputy McDonald said:

 “Deputy Rabbitte’s comments tonight strike me as deeply troubling coming from a former Minister of Communications. To say that RTÉ have been biased in their coverage of a matter of such enormous public interest smacks of desperation from a government that is clearly rattled by the huge turnout at the water protests and now seeks to stifle media coverage.”

 “This government has continually played down the significance of public protest; this strategy has not worked. This government wishes that the protests would go away; this will not happen. To call the national broadcaster a ‘recruiting sergeant for the far left and Sinn Féin’ is bizarre; to claim that RTÉ is using ‘distorted facts and half-truths’ is a direct challenge to the public broadcaster and is deeply troubling.”

 “Deputy Rabbitte should immediately retract his comments.” 

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