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Friday 19 January 2018

O'Callaghan 'not worried' as Sinn Fein threatens legal bid

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

RTE's 'Prime Time' team has said they are "not in the least concerned" over Sinn Fein threats of legal action following Miriam O'Callaghan's "robust" interview with party leader Gerry Adams.

Sinn Fein has asked its lawyers to review the interview from last week, during which the presenter questioned Mr Adams about an apology he made in the Dail to the families of victims of republican violence.

When asked to clarify his apology, Mr Adams repeatedly denied any knowledge about a string of murders thought to have been committed by the Provisional IRA.

The party has since consulted its lawyers, believing the interview was negotiated in bad faith.

However, a source told the Irish Independent that the 'Prime Time' host has not been contacted by a Sinn Fein representative and that she is "not in the least" worried.

"It's just a way of trying to intimidate and silence Miriam. But she's not shaken by it, she was only doing her job," the source said.

It will be a busy week for the RTE star, who will take over John Murray's radio programme this week, the Irish Independent can confirm.

The mother of eight has been drafted in to cover for her colleague, who is off sick, until Friday.

Irish Independent

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