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Sky News presenter says 'some of you Irish need to get over yourselves'
Some people have been critical of Adam Boulton’s line of questioning in an interview with Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

SKY NEWS PRESENTER Adam Boulton has said some Irish people need to ‘get over themselves’ after criticism of an interview he carried out with Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

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On Friday, Boulton asked Coveney if he felt guilty over Ireland’s approach to Brexit negotiations.

In recent days, some people have been critical of Boulton’s line of questioning and last night he tweeted: ”Bored now. Some of you Irish need to get over yourselves. Interviewing is about challenging the interviewee not respecting.”

A deal announced on Friday morning saw British Prime Minister Theresa May guarantee there would be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the UK leaves the EU.

“Do you think that this week’s kerfuffle has been necessary? Do you feel slightly guilty that perhaps the Irish government over-briefed what had been achieved as a victory over the British for the European Union?,” Boulton asked Coveney.

“That [then] provoked the DUP and if you had been a bit more straightforward about a practical agreement at the beginning we wouldn’t have had these four days of turmoil.”

Coveney responded by saying: “We we never looked for or claimed any victory over anybody.

“We have been saying for many months now that we want to work with the British government to try to find a way forward that can reassure people in Ireland as well as in the UK that we can manage Brexit and we can limit damage in the way that’s now in this agreement.”

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Fine Gael TD Noel Rock was among those to reply to Bolton’s tweet last night, posting “Some of you presenters need another dose of reality” alongside a video of a heated 2010 interview between Boulton and Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alastair Campbell.

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Read: Sky News anchor to Coveney: ‘Do you think that this week’s kerfuffle has been necessary? Do you feel guilty?’

Read: As it happened: EU and UK agree no hard border on a ‘very significant day for the island of Ireland’

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