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Dunphy hits back at political analyst over 'sexist, ageist attack' on RTE

BROADCASTER Eamon Dunphy has said he is still shocked by a "sexist and ageist attack" on him during a TV debate.

The 64-year-old and fellow journalist Fintan O'Toole appeared on RTE's new TV debate show 'The Eleventh Hour' on Monday, alongside political analyst Elaine Byrne.

She turned on her fellow guests for abandoning plans for a new party, telling them: "This just looks like more middle-aged angry men, who are telling us what the world should look like and then, they talk the talk and don't walk the walk."

Mr Dunphy said: "She did an Andy Gray on us. What she said was sexist and ageist. In Sky TV, that would be a sackable offence."

He also hit back during the on-air row, telling Ms Byrne: "If you have anger or passion you should direct it elsewhere."

Defending herself, Ms Byrne, a TCD lecturer, said her comments "originated from a deep sense of disappointment".

Eamon Dunphy spoke to the Irish Independent at Aviva Stadium, where he helped launch the 'Walk Of Dreams' fundraiser on March 27 for community football projects with George Hook and Johnny Giles.

Irish Independent