RTE admits to 'massive' error during war
Published 28/12/2012 | 05:00
IRELAND was worried that British journalists working in Argentina during the Falklands War with Irish passports might jeopardise legitimate RTE staff.
State archives reveal RTE admitted it made "a blunder of massive proportions" in accrediting one journalist, Clive Ferguson, who then solely worked for the BBC.
RTE news feature editor Kevin Healy was called to a meeting with Department of Foreign Affairs staff to discuss concerns raised by the Irish ambassador to Argentina.
The embassy was worried that while Buenos Aires was "turning a blind eye" for the moment, the situation in Argentina could get volatile.