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Government complaint over Taoiseach incident not directed at TV3's Ursula Halligan

The Government press secretary has said that a complaint has been lodged with the relevant group about the conduct at a media doorstep at the National Libray last week.

The so-called media scrum which resulted in a conduct complaint being lodged. TV3's Ursula Halligan is on the far left.
The so-called media scrum which resulted in a conduct complaint being lodged. TV3's Ursula Halligan is on the far left.
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THE GOVERNMENT PRESS Secretary Feargal Purcell has said that a complaint lodged with the representative group of political correspondents regarding an incident involving the Taoiseach last week is not targeted at TV’s Ursula Halligan.

It’s reported that the Taoiseach almost fell over a flower pot during a doorstep interview outside the National Library while being questioned by Halligan and other journalists.

According to the Sunday Independent the Taoiseach stumbled while being questioned by TV3′s political editor on his views on gay marriage, and that his special advisor Mark Kennelly stepped in and made physical contact with a number of journalists.

It had been reported that a complaint was a lodged with TV3 about the conduct of Halligan, but Government press secretary Feargal Purcell has told TheJournal.ie that the formal complaint lodged with the representative group of the political correspondents is about the overall conduct of the collective of journalists who were present.

He said that it is not directed at any one individual.

A TV3 spokesperson has told TheJournal.ie that it’s business as usual at the station and that the incident is being dealt with internally.

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