Sunday 21 January 2018

RTE ignored the Lowry bombshell

Madam – What a damning indictment of RTE, the publicly funded national broadcaster, that crucial questions concerning a former government minister and sitting member of our national parliament have been deliberately ignored.

Some of the station's journalists have taken to dissecting Luke 'Ming' Flanagan's behaviour. When thrown on to the other end of the scales, the questions raised by Mr Flanagan – or even Mr Wallace – do not weigh a feather in the balance when set against the questions raised by the "Lowry tapes".

RTE and its senior decision-makers are not mandated to suppress items of public interest – quite the opposite in fact – and it can be persuasively argued that its remit is dictated by the Fundamental Rights section of the Constitution at Article 40.6, which stipulates the constitutional implication of the "grave import to the common good"... of "the education of public opinion"... "including criticism of government policy"... through the medium of broadcasting and other media.

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