Wednesday 13 December 2017

RTE veteran tells McConvilles 'don't send me obnoxious crap'

Political reporter slams campaign to bring Gerry Adams before War Crimes Tribunal, writes Jerome Reilly

One of RTE's most high profile political reporters told the family of Jean McConville -- the mother of 10 who was kidnapped and killed by the IRA in 1972 -- "Please do not send any more of this obnoxious crap to me".

Eoin O Murchu, who is Raidio na Gaeltachta's political editor, replied to an email message sent to his personal and RTE accounts from Helen McConville and the McKendry family in which they called on the new government to see if there is a prima facie case for reporting Gerry Adams to the War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague.

His response led to criticism from Liam Kennedy, the Queens University professor of economic and social history, who wrote: "I've just had forwarded to me an astonishing email from within RTE, in which Helen McConville's latest press statement is described as 'obnoxious crap'. This shows remarkable cruelty to someone who has suffered so much. Surely an RTE journalist should have a bit more sensitivity and human decency, irrespective of what he or she thinks about Helen McConville's campaign."

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