Monday 23 April 2018

Norris slams RTE over TV exposé

Senator David Norris
Senator David Norris
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Senator David Norris has accused RTE of using "squalid methods" as part of its recent investigation into local councillors.

The RTÉ Investigations Unit programme broadcast on Monday contained footage of three county councillors - who indicated they needed some form of reward for helping with a business proposal.

Prior to the programme being broadcast, Mr Norris said he received a letter from RTE containing allegations that he had "transgressed ethics" by failing to disclose that he was director of a film company.

But while RTE later conceded the allegations were completely unfounded, Mr Norris says he never received an apology.

He stressed that while he utterly condemns corruption, he also condemns the "squalid methods" employed by RTE in the making of the programme.

"I completely think it was entrapment, I think it was a disgraceful programme. That was no investigative reporting, that was provocative reporting".

RTE said the programme performed a necessary and important public service.

It also said RTE Investigates was "accurate and fair" in all of its reporting.

Irish Independent

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