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Former RTÉ star Charlie is now free to campaign on issues

Elaine McCahill

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

Charlie Bird with Jonathan Irwin, Laura Harmon, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, actress Biddy White Lennon and Ann Rigney from Knockcrockery, Co Roscommon, who wrote a poem ' Image it is your Child' which is about what it is like being the mother of a gay son
Charlie Bird with Jonathan Irwin, Laura Harmon, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, actress Biddy White Lennon and Ann Rigney from Knockcrockery, Co Roscommon, who wrote a poem ' Image it is your Child' which is about what it is like being the mother of a gay son

FORMER RTÉ star Charlie Bird is delighted he is free to publicly campaign ahead of the upcoming equal marriage referendum as he no longer works at the national broadcaster.

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The former broadcaster's comments come after it was revealed last week that RTÉ stars were warned against voicing their opinions on the upcoming marriage equality referendum.

An email was sent to all staff warning them against expressing their views on their social media accounts in compliance with the national broadcaster's neutrality policy.

"I no longer work at RTÉ but when there was an election campaign or a referendum, it was strictly done on the basis of neutrality and that's right," Mr Bird said.

"You have to be impartial; balance and impartiality - that's what's important."

When asked if he was pleased to be able to lend his voice to a campaign now, he said: "I suppose so, getting involved in things like this was one thing I couldn't do because I was in RTÉ."

Mr Bird was speaking at the launch of the Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality's new campaign called, I'm Voting Yes, Ask Me Why. He is expected to attend some of the events nationwide as they seek to spark a national conversation on the issue.

Irish Independent

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