Sunday 18 November 2018

‘Chaotic scenes’ at recording of TV3's Vincent Browne debate in Dublin

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

Niall O'Connor

A Television debate chaired by Vincent Browne descended into chaos as two Government ministers were jeered at by anti-water charge protesters.

Witnesses reported “chaotic scenes” at the Dublin Bay North ‘People’s Debate’ at Clontarf Castle.

The debate was being pre-recorded for broadcast on TV3 but became heated after several members of the audience began jeering Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Equality Minister Áodhan O Riordáin.

Several witnesses present told the Irish Independent that the event turned even more heated when the issue of water charges was brought up.

As the debate continued, a female member of the audience stood up and claimed that she was being “intimidated” as a result of her decision to applaud remarks made by Mr O Riordáin, a Labour Party TD.

As the tensions escalated, it is understood that Browne told the audience that the Gardaí were being called. But it was unclear last night whether such a call was made.

Aodhan O Riordain
Aodhan O Riordain

Mr O Riordáin later tweeted: “Just out of Vincent Browne debate circus. Others can tell you what happened. Nasty stuff.”

A TV3 spokeswoman said they were not in a position to comment when contacted.

The Vincent Browne debate is due to be aired next week.

Among the other candidates that appeared were Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Heney and Independent TD Finian Mcgrath.

Read more here:

TV3 to go global as they work with US network NBC on creating new content

TV3 presenter Vincent Browne 'expects to extend his contract by ten years'

Fine Gael lifts Vincent Browne debate ban after coming to agreement with TV3

Watch: TV3's Vincent Browne accuses SIPTU boss of 'stunt' after he walks off show live on air

Vincent visits Gorse Hill on a day of drama and farce for the O'Donnells

TV3's Vincent Browne tells Jerry Beades to 'shut up' as he describes Gorse Hill as a 'bog standard house' 


Online Editors

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Also in this section