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Eilis O'Hanlon: Left should zip it for decency's sake as France mourns dead

RTE's obsession with whataboutery merchants was evident as Paris woke in horror, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 15/11/2015 | 02:30

Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks
Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks

More than one hundred people are murdered whilst enjoying a night out in Paris, and Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, speaking on RTE's Saturday with Claire Byrne, says "the main thing I'm concerned about right now is the backlash against migrants and Muslims".

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Next up it's the turn of Siptu general secretary Jack O'Connor to deliver a speech condemning Israel, whilst Mick Wallace also takes a call to explain his tweet, issued when the bodies of victims were still warm, condemning France for its "militarisation of the planet".

Where does RTE find them? Do they have a job lot of whataboutery merchants on permanent standby in a cupboard for tragedies such as this, or are there really people in Donnybrook whose first thought on hearing of another appalling terrorist attack by Islamic State is to ask: "I wonder what Paul Murphy thinks of this?"

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