Sunday 19 November 2017

O Liathain's courage on IRA series deserves credit

Being an Irish speaker does not mean having to endorse every TG4 programme, writes John-Paul McCarthy

READING Clo Iar-Chonnacht's handsome new edition of Sean O Riordain's poems, Na Danta, reminded me of the plight of TG4's Concubhar O Liathain.

O Liathain was incensed by the failure of his colleagues on the board of TG4 to make suitable amends for commissioning that appalling programme on the British heiress turned Provisional IRA 'volunteer', Rose Dugdale. (You will recall that this was the programme that allowed Dugdale to strut and preen without effective opposition.) TG4's top brass have refused to admit that this programme was an embarrassment, and Foras na Gaeilge also weighed in to compound O Liathain's isolation.

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