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Taoiseach must clarify remarks on Irish media - Mary Lou McDonald TD

4 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must clarify the disparaging remarks he reportedly made in New York about the Irish media.

Teachta McDonald said;

“The remarks as reported are very troubling and the Taoiseach should clarify and explain what he said.

“The freedom of the press to write, broadcast and report freely in the public interest and to do so without coercion, without pressure and without undue influence is vitally important.

“Of course, this flows both ways and the media is not above criticism and must be able to stand over its reporting.

“However, views and commentary on the media must be equally balanced, fair and based on legitimate analysis.

“Mr Varadkar’s comments, as reported, lack those essential elements.

“Such sweeping remarks are extremely dangerous, especially when made by the head of government.

“From the paid-for content scandal earlier this year, to the controversy surrounding his €5 million spin unit, the Taoiseach’s media relations approach has been questionable to say the very least.

“The Taoiseach should make a statement on this matter with the utmost urgency.”

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