Monday 15 October 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: You can't find time to discuss Lowry – the public begs to differ

Marian Finucane managed to spend just two minutes at the end of her show on the topic

Eilis O'Hanlon

This weekend's poll shows that six out of 10 Irish people think the Taoiseach is wrong to ignore the questions which Michael Lowry, his former party colleague, still has to answer; so when Joe Duffy finally got around to mentioning the Lowry tapes briefly on Liveline late last week, when quizzing former tycoon Ben Dunne about his friendship with the Tipperary North TD, he was on the pulse. He actually referred to their contents as "jawdropping". It was still less than a minute out of hours of broadcast time, but that word jumped out of the radio.

If the Michael Lowry tapes are "jawdropping", does that not make it even more astonishing – even jawdropping in itself – that RTE has all but ignored them for so long?

I was going to say "the controversial Michael Lowry tapes". A former government minister begging a Northern businessman not to reveal the handing over of a large sum of money because, if it came out, "I'm f***ing ruined ... I'm f***ing begging you," would certainly be considered controversial in most functionally democratic, open countries.

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