Tuesday 15 October 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: Burton lashes Wallace tweet that appeared to blame France

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Tanaiste Joan Burton has accused Independent TD Mick Wallace of engaging in "backhanded ways of defending terrorism" following his controversial remarks about the Paris atrocities.

The Wexford deputy sparked a storm of criticism after he associated France with the "militarisation of the planet" just minutes after the terrorist attacks.

The tweet read:"So terrible for the victims, but when is France going to stop its role in the militarisation of the planet?"

Tanaiste Joan Burton said yesterday that now was not the time for "backhanded ways of defending terrorism".

Meanwhile, Lucy Gaffney, the ­chairperson of Communicorp, which owns Newstalk, launched a scathing attack on RTE over its coverage of the attacks. In an email to Newstalk staff yesterday, she described RTE's coverage as "utterly scandalous".

"I listened from 7am through till lunchtime and the quality of the coverage on Newstalk was outstanding. This is in stark contrast to RTE Radio 1, where the state broadcaster felt its responsibility was to broadcast only a one hour special from 8am-9am before reverting to pre-recorded programming for two hours. Shame on them," Ms Gaffney wrote. Last night, RTE described Newstalk's criticism as "disgraceful" A spokeswoman said: "On such a tragic day, we are concentrating on our coverage and not commenting on other broadcasters' disgraceful comments, given the events in Paris."

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