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Pat Rabbitte 'humiliated' by TV3 snub

Published 09/02/2013 | 04:00

Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte suffered a "humiliating" experience at the hands of TV3 after being refused permission to go on the 'Vincent Browne Show'.

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He had been invited by the station to appear on the show to speak about the successful negotiation of the Anglo debt deal.

Mr Rabbitte travelled to TV3's head-quarters in Ballymount in Tallaght as soon as he had finished an interview on RTE's 'Primetime' – only to be told by the station that he could not go on due to his 'Primetime' appearance.

A Labour Party spokesman said it had been "humiliating" for Mr Rabbitte to be "sent packing" by TV3.

"It is extraordinary that at a time when we are under huge pressure to provide guests for shows, and when a senior minister is made available, they send him packing," he said.

It is understood that Mr Rabbitte had been in high spirits before the incident – with one Labour TD noting that he was grinning "like a Cheshire cat".

A spokesman for Mr Rabbitte said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

A TV3 spokesman could not be contacted for comment.

Irish Independent

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