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Taoiseach's daughter criticises RTÉ over Olympics swimming coverage

Published 09/08/2016 | 19:28

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. with his wife wife Fionnuala and their daughter Aoibhinn, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin in 2013
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. with his wife wife Fionnuala and their daughter Aoibhinn, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin in 2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s daughter has launched a scathing attack on RTE’s coverage of the Olympics games in Rio.

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Aoibhinn Kenny described the national broadcaster as an “absolute sham” for failing to broadcast a swimming heat featuring an Irish swimmer from her hometown of Castlebar, Co Mayo.

The Taoiseach’s daughter’s frustrations were shared by other Twitter users who were also angered by RTE’s decision not to show the race.

Writing on Twitter, Ms Kenny, who many suspect will run for her father’s seat when he steps down, said it was “poor form” from the station after it did not air swimmer Nicolas Quinn’s win final heat in the 200m breast stroke.

She tweeted RTE’s account: “absolute sham – again – not showing Nicholas Quinn WINNING his heat #disaster.”

Ms Kenny said she got more information on the race from her Olympics app than she did from the “passing mention of him” on RTE.

Another twitter user said it was “absolutely ridiculous” that his aunt in Canada could watch the Irish Olympian while RTE failed to show the race.

Ahead of the race, Ms Kenny described Mr Quinn as one of her oldest friends.

Despite winning the heat, the Mayo swimmer missed out on the next round by 0.4 of a second.

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