Monday 19 March 2018

Bruce Arnold: Pat Rabbitte has the absurd view that Noel Curran is indispensable as RTE director general

Bruce Arnold

In an article published on Monday March 19, almost three months ago, I recommended the removal of the chairman of the RTE Authority Tom Savage and the RTE director general Noel Curran.

They ultimately were the figures responsible for the regulation of RTE in accordance with the law. They were ultimately responsible for governance, including editorial control, and had clearly failed to exercise it in allowing the broadcast of the Fr Kevin Reynolds programme and in the controls over the Sean Gallagher programme, together with other editorial lapses. Eoghan Harris made the same judgment. There were not many commentators who did.

None of this happened. Ed Mulhall took the rap, other staff members were 'moved around' or 'disciplined', and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte pontificated -- he is still pontificating -- about the public service we are supposed to be getting.

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