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Ireland 'Bizarre': Heavy criticism of Taoiseach's remark that he 'sympathises with Trump on media'

19:00  04 july  2018
19:00  04 july  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie © SIPA USA PA Images THE NUJ, THE leader of the Labour party and a number of high-profile journalists have criticised Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for remarks made at a private event in New York this week at which it’s reported he said he sympathised with Donald Trump’s views on the media.

Reports in The Irish Times and the Ireland Edition of The Times this morning detail how Varadkar told guests at a lunch on Monday that he had some sympathy with Trump’s attitude to the press.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

According to the Ireland Edition of The Times, he said that political reporters spent more time covering gossip than substantive issues. The Irish Times reported that he said that some investigative journalism in Ireland was incorrect, and singled out RTÉ for particular criticism.

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The remarks were made at a lunch for members of the Irish community in the city on Monday.

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Leo Varadkar arrives at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman © Reuters Leo Varadkar arrives at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Seamus Dooley, the Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, called for the Taoiseach to clarify his comments.

“Respect for freedom of expression is a core value of UN,” he said on Twitter.

“Attributed comments are damaging to Ireland’s reputation as a modern democracy, given Trump’s views on press freedom.”

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Haiti' s US envoy, Paul Altidor, condemned what he called Trump ' s "misguided" remarks in an interview with NPR, saying he was "surprised and disappointed" and hoped there might be an apology for his country.

In an interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Dooley described the incident as a “rather bizarre occurrence”.

Bono of U2 (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP) © AP Bono of U2 (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

Jon Williams, the managing director of RTÉ News, issued a series of tweets early this morning defending the national broadcaster’s output.

“To be clear, #Trump called the media ‘enemy of the people’. He’s wrong. If Taoiseach really sympathises with that view, he’s wrong too. #PressFreedom.

Williams pointed out that, “just last month”, Varadkar had praised an RTÉ investigation into hospital consultants, broadcast on Prime Time, when he said it RTÉ “did the country a service”.

He added:

This year, #RTEinvestigates honoured @NYFestivals, @CelticMediaFest & @IFTA. Investigative reporting key pillar @rtenews. Proud of its journalism.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin issued a press release criticising the reported comments.

Whatever about criticising the media when at home on the campaign trail, Howlin said, “for Ireland’s Head of Government to attack the Irish media when on a diplomatic and strategic trade mission is wholly inappropriate”.

Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar © Reuters Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach issued the following statement this morning:

“The lunch, hosted by Ireland’s Consul General in New York, was a private event.

“Attendees included young Irish people based in New York working across a range of sectors, including media, finance and tech. They shared a wide ranging discussion. This conversation is now being quoted selectively and out of context.

Leo Varadkar, Donald Trump and Melania Trump on St Patrick's Day © Reuters Leo Varadkar, Donald Trump and Melania Trump on St Patrick's Day The Taoiseach believes that a free, fair and balanced press is a cornerstone of our democracy.

Other criticism

Cork journalist Samantha Barry, who formerly worked at RTÉ, Newstalk and CNN and who now edits Glamour magazine, was also amongst those criticising the Taoiseach’s comments this morning.

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Tom Lyons, the Deputy Editor of the Sunday Business Post, described the Taoiseach’s comments on Twitter as “pathetic stuff” and “tone deaf at a time when journalism is under attack in America”.

President Trump © Reuters President Trump TV3′s political correspondent Gavan Reilly tweeted:

“Every major Irish media outlet spent a four-figure sum following the Taoiseach to New York this week to cover exactly the sort of topics he’s complaining we ignore. To say this sort of thing behind our backs, at an event closed off to us, is really poor form.”

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