Friday 19 January 2018

Revealed: Sinn Féin's bid to intimidate RTÉ

Gerry Adams. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Gerry Adams. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fionnán Sheahan and Kevin Doyle

RTÉ was targeted by "a campaign orchestrated by Sinn Féin supporters" claiming the party wasn't getting its fair share of coverage in the last general election.

And Gerry Adams's party is now trying to bully RTÉ into giving it more favourable treatment in the General Election.

Even RTÉ's best-known current affairs broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan is being attacked on the internet by Sinn Féin supporters.

A study of coverage in the 2011 general election shows Sinn Féin and the Labour Party got too much attention from RTÉ. However, an internal RTÉ review found there had been "a campaign orchestrated by Sinn Féin supporters'" to complain about time allocations to their party and candidates.

In this election, Sinn Féin not only wants more time on air, but is also trying to dictate what stories RTÉ programmes should cover.

RTÉ has firmly dismissed the Sinn Féin accusations and showed how the party is getting comprehensive coverage.

Meanwhile, a blame game is underway within Fine Gael as candidates point the finger at party strategists for their botched election campaign.

The party has begun rolling out its 'young guns' in a move away from Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan.

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are now to take a central role in trying to salvage Fine Gael's chances of re-election.

And The Labour Party is targeting the opposition in a new newspaper ad, depicting them as a pop band 'No Direction'.

Irish Independent

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