Saturday 10 December 2016

Green Party loses court bid over televised leaders' debate

Tim Healy

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

A legal challenge to have allowed Green Party leader Eamon Ryan participate in last night’s party leaders’ debate has been dismissed. Photo: Tom Burke
A legal challenge to have allowed Green Party leader Eamon Ryan participate in last night’s party leaders’ debate has been dismissed. Photo: Tom Burke

A legal challenge to have allowed Green Party leader Eamon Ryan participate in last night's party leaders' debate has been dismissed.

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Green Party trustee Tom Kivlehan took High Court proceedings arguing against RTE's criteria stipulating that only parties with three TDs in the outgoing Dáil could be invited to participate.

It was argued that the criteria were unfair, undemocratic and unconstitutional and in breach of RTE's legal obligations as a public service broadcaster.

RTE maintained its criteria were objective, fair, transparent and applicable to all parties.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Marie Baker found RTE's criteria were "sufficiently reasonable and impartial", not unfair or irrational, and proportionate to the needs of the political debate and the public's right to be informed and educated.

Irish Independent

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