Wednesday 21 November 2018

Up in arms over RTE's Lemass tribute

ON June 30, RTE presented its soi-disant tribute to the late Sean Lemass. In her opening remarks, the narrator made the tendentious assertion that Lemass was "a gunman".

To sink that scandalous slur deeply into the viewers' consciousness, the sad death of a British soldier in a war was presented as evidence of his execution by Lemass.

Throughout the English-speaking world, "gunman" is the word used to define an armed criminal. "Execution" is the word frequently employed to define gangland murders. To use the late Taoiseach's name in such contexts, as indeed it was during the programme, is unconscionable and a gross abuse of artistic licence.

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