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Independent candidate mounts three-men picket of RTÉ over alleged bias towards parties

David Kearns

Published 23/02/2016 | 12:26

Diarmaid O'Cadhla picketing RTÉ's Cork office with supporters
Diarmaid O'Cadhla picketing RTÉ's Cork office with supporters
Diarmaid O'Cadhla picketing RTÉ's Cork office with supporters

An Independent candidate in the general election has mounted a furious three-men protest outside the offices of RTÉ, claiming that the state broadcaster is bias against non-party candidates.

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Diarmaid O'Cadhla (55), who is standing for election in Cork South Central, and two die-hard supporters are picking the RTÉ’s Cork offices because, they say, the broadcaster has failed to give Independents adequate air-time during its general election coverage.

“#RTEElectionSpecial is setting political agenda all the time, deciding on the ppl & the issues, all under control #ge16 NO revolution here,” Mr O'Cadhla wrote on Twitter.

Founder of the People’s Convention, the Independent candidate is standing on a campaign calling for direct democracy – wherein unpopular TDs can be recalled by their constituents and were State policy is decided via public referendum.

A business systems consultant for over 30 years, Mr O'Cadhla believes that political parties are ill-suited to making State decisions due to “vested interests”.

Independent.ie has sought comment from Mr O'Cadhla about his protest.

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