Sunday 17 December 2017

Bitter lesson for RTE in Reynolds' libel case

Alison O’Connor

WE can only speculate on how much money Fr Kevin Reynolds received from RTE -- but whatever the amount, he was entitled to every cent.

That's not something I say with any joy at all, given that I have significant respect for the reporter involved, Aoife Kavanagh, as well as for the programme she was reporting for, 'Prime Time'.

She is a very fine journalist who has carried out some excellent reporting work for the national broadcaster. 'Prime Time' has a superb track record in broadcasting programmes on issues which are of national importance. It's not just that the issues are exposed, either; such is the power and credibility of the brand that it means situations which are illegal or unjust often end up being changed. That gives it a powerful place in Irish society.

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