Wednesday 20 November 2019

TD Flanagan had a 'brain freeze' in radio interview, says Hobbs

FINANCIAL advisor Eddie Hobbs said Renua TD Terence Flanagan suffered "brain freeze" after what was widely described as a 'car crash' interview on RTÉ's 'Drivetime' radio show yesterday.

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', she last night admitted she thought Mr Flanagan had been a "bit daunted" but would have plenty more time to "show his mettle".

In the 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.

Listen to the full interview on

Irish Independent

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