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Oliver Callan gagged by RTÉ after publicly calling for Yes vote in marriage referendum

The comedian has assured the station that he won’t be making any further public comments.
May 14th 2015, 10:17 AM 22,828 146

OLIVER CALLAN HAS been cautioned by RTÉ after publicly calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum at an event in Dublin yesterday, breaching the stations gagging order.

The comedian joined Irish stars such as Gabriel Byrne and Roddy Doyle on stage at the Abbey Theatres’ Noble Call for Marriage Equality event.

The national broadcaster confirmed to that it has spoken with Callan and “he understands RTÉ’s position on the referendum guidelines.

Oliver has assured RTÉ that he won’t be making any further public comments during the referendum campaign.

In a statement the station said, “RTÉ has clear guidelines to ensure fairness in its coverage around referendums and elections.

“These guidelines have been issued to all staff and contractors, and RTE is engaging with staff and contractors as required to ensure the guidelines are understood.”

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Callan told reporters at yesterday’s event that he wouldn’t be able to forgive himself if he didn’t show his support for the Yes campaign.

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