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Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty blasts 'failed' RTE over leaders' debate decision


Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty has described RTE’s decision to hold a one-to-one debate between the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail as an ‘utter joke’.

The national broadcaster will hold two live TV debates but one will see only Micheal Martin and Leo Varadkar go head-to-head on air.

Mr Doherty, Sinn Fein’s Director of Elections, said RTE has “failed” in its role as a public service broadcaster.

He said: “Sinn Fein has been the effective voice of opposition in the Dail for the past four year while Fianna Fail has propped up Fine Gael in government through their ‘confidence and supply’ deal.

“This election is about much more than these two parties and the media have a responsibility to make sure that all voices are heard.



Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty TD speaking to media on the plinth at Leinster House, Dublin

“At a time when there is much debate about the role of public service broadcasting, RTE has illustrated its failure to live up to its responsibilities.

“By excluding Sinn Fein, RTE is facilitating the gameplan of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

“RTE’s decision is an utter joke.”



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