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