Friday 19 December 2014

Mullen takes pot shots at RTE in debate wars

Published 15/05/2014 | 02:30

The debate wars have already broken out.

Independent Ronan Mullen is taking pot shots at RTE over the format of next Sunday's 'Prime Time' debate for Ireland Midlands-North-West, saying it "serves to support the status quo".

"I believe that the current format planned for Sunday night's debate lessens the level of diversity on each debating panel and treats candidates unequally and unfairly."

Mr Mullen has lodged a "formal complaint".

Bosses in Montrose will be quaking in their boots.

Speaking of 'Prime Time', the discussion on the local elections and the power of councillors this week saw the poor councillors and candidates who showed up on the night relegated to seats in the audience, from where they got to make a limited contribution to the debate.

Instead, the questions were put to four TDs: Paudie Coffey of Fine Gael, Michael McNamara (Lab), Barry Cowen (FF) and Brian Stanley (SF).

Irish Independent

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