Thursday 23 March 2017

Eoghan Harris: Poor Marian was perilously close to a Pee Flynn moment

Timothy with his twin brother Nicky who died in the 1979 atrocity, on Classiebawn Beach, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, in 1973
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

MANY years ago I gave Marian Finucane her first broadcasting break. In sundry interviews over the years she generously acknowledged this without amendment. Last week, however, at the start of a major interview with Kathy Sheridan of The Irish Times, she suddenly recalled that she had retrospective issues with me.

The context was Finucane's admission that in her early days she had had more positive experiences with male executives than female ones. Sheridan prompted her to amplify this: "And wasn't it a man, Eoghan Harris (now a senator) who facilitated her break into television?"

Finucane suddenly had second thoughts: "It was," she says, although recalling it with less warmth than one might expect. "Because then he annoyed me for years. He used to imply that I was a fellow traveller of the IRA, which used to drive me insane. Absolutely unbelievable stuff."

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