Thursday 19 January 2017

Moral aspect to DJ's behaviour

Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- Following a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to bring charges against disgraced Cork DJ Neil Prendeville for allegedly committing a lewd act in public, masturbating on an Aer Lingus flight from London to Cork, his 96FM and UTV bosses have apparently given him the green light to resume his radio show.

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Mr Prendeville claimed to have no recollection of the incident, saying he had mixed alcohol with painkillers. Despite his abject apology, I firmly oppose any attempt to reinvent Mr Prendeville's public career. Mr Prendeville made the decision to consume alcohol and medication, it was not forced on him, and he must accept the consequences. I hold an unyielding view that right and wrong are not convertible terms dependent upon popular opinion. There must be an ethical dimension to all aspects of life. By allowing Neil Prendeville to return to his job, his employers at UTV are conferring a corporate stamp of approval on his behaviour.

As we in this country slide further into moral and social degeneracy, we can no longer look to politicians or the Church to lead us. I don't want to be part of the generation that made moral responsibility obsolete. For us to remain silent on corporate immorality is a betrayal of unborn generations.

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