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Thursday 14 November 2019

Renua Ireland: Terence Flanagan's 'brain freeze' on RTE's 'Drivetime' down to stress of setting up new party

Terence Flanagan,TD (centre) with Lucinda Creighton TD and her husband Senator Paul Bradford (left) at the launch of the document on Political Reform by the Reform Alliance at a news conference in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Terence Flanagan,TD (centre) with Lucinda Creighton TD and her husband Senator Paul Bradford (left) at the launch of the document on Political Reform by the Reform Alliance at a news conference in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A spokesperson for Renua Ireland has put Terence Flanagan's disastrous interview on RTE Radio One's 'Drivetime' programme down to the "stress of setting up a new party".

The spokesperson made their comments to the 'Sunday Independent'.

The party were asked to comment on the Dail deputy's unfortunate "brain freeze" on Friday evening's 'Drivetime' programme.

"Terence was just mentally and physically exhausted after a week that involved very late nights leading up to launch day.

"The mental and physical exhaustion of the thousands of hours that go into starting a new political party just got to him."

Read more here: Car crash interview on RTE, spat with Matt Cooper and parody on social media - RENUA Ireland's eventful first day 

Mr Flanagan was unavailable for comment to the 'Sunday Independent'.

Financial advisor Eddie Hobbs said Renua TD Terence Flanagan suffered "brain freeze" after what was widely described as a 'car crash' interview.

Renua's leader Lucinda Creighton said it can be "nerve-wracking" and not everyone is "experienced" in dealing with interviews.

In an appearance on RTE's 'Late Late Show' on Frday night, she admitted she thought Mr Flanagan had been a "bit daunted" but would have plenty more time to "show his mettle".

Terence Flanagan, who is running as a Reform Alliance candidate
Terence Flanagan, who is running as a Reform Alliance candidate
Front Row (L-R)Fidelma Healy Eames senator, Lucinda Creighton td,Terence Flanagan td,Denis Naughten td Back Row (L-R)Billy Timmins td,Peter Matthews td and Paul Bradford senator at the reform Conference to Create Ideas for Jobs and Growth in Ireland which took place in the R.D.S Co Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins
Peter Matthews,Terence Flanagan, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins,Denis Naughten and Paul Bradford at the Reform Conference.

Read more here: TD Flanagan had a 'brain freeze' in radio interview, says Hobbs 

In the now infamous radio interview, Mr Flanagan said Renua was going to be very different.

"We're going to ensure that obviously what happened...what happened...emmm...will ensure..." he said before stopping mid-sentence.

RTÉ's presenter Mary Wilson moved on to taxation and asked about the party's policy. "The PAYE worker..." the TD said before a clicking noise was heard, followed by silence. The interview was ended abruptly with Ms Wilson saying they would "leave it there for today".

Mr Flanagan admitted to the Irish Independent afterwards that it was not a good interview. "Everyone has their good interviews and their bad interviews. Unfortunately, this was a bad interview," he said.

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