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'Ireland's Call' was a carnival of eejitry

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Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

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There was an interesting moment on the Six One News at the start of Sharon Ni Bheolain's interview with Daire Hickey, one of the organisers of the Web Summit - and no, it was not the aggressive tone of her questioning, it was something more interesting than that.

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Referring to the "testy" atmosphere which she felt had been created by remarks made by Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit majordomo, she said: "Is it not rather pointless to engage in this kind of bitter broadside at this point ? Why not let bygones be bygones? The Government has congratulated you, they've wished you well, why not move on?"

Now I accept that Sharon would have preferred to put these questions to Cosgrave himself, but she explained that he had pulled out of the interview, a move which some viewers felt had contributed to the combative style of the exchanges with the late replacement Hickey.

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