Wednesday 25 April 2018

'Ireland's Call' was a carnival of eejitry

The RTE/BBC United Ireland show proved that Nationalism is not an "issue" to be "debated"

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

There was an interesting moment on the Six One News at the start of Sharon Ni Bheolain's interview with Daire Hickey, one of the organisers of the Web Summit - and no, it was not the aggressive tone of her questioning, it was something more interesting than that.

Referring to the "testy" atmosphere which she felt had been created by remarks made by Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit majordomo, she said: "Is it not rather pointless to engage in this kind of bitter broadside at this point ? Why not let bygones be bygones? The Government has congratulated you, they've wished you well, why not move on?"

Now I accept that Sharon would have preferred to put these questions to Cosgrave himself, but she explained that he had pulled out of the interview, a move which some viewers felt had contributed to the combative style of the exchanges with the late replacement Hickey.

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