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Poll: Do we need a public inquiry into the RTÉ Frontline debate?

There have been calls for a further inquiry over claims that an audience member was encouraged to ask a hostile question. So what do you think?

The candidates before the debate last October
The candidates before the debate last October
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL candidate Seán Gallagher has called for a public inquiry into the RTÉ Frontline debate, as new allegations emerged over the questions asked by audience members.

Fianna Fáil have also urged this morning that an independent inquiry should be set up, and its findings published in full.

The BAI last week ruled that RTÉ was unfair to Gallagher in reading out a ‘bogus’ tweet during the debate.

But the renewed calls come after the Sunday Independent published claims that an audience member had been encouraged by production staff to ask Gallagher a hostile question.

RTÉ last night appeared to rule out mounting further inquiries itself, saying that regulatory process was not a matter for the broadcaster “to decide or influence”. However, it has said that a “full editorial review of standards and practices” is under way internally.

So what do you think? Do we need a public inquiry into the RTÉ Frontline debate?


Poll Results:

No (1772)
Yes (882)
Don't know (73)



More: Full coverage of the RTÉ Frontline debate controversy on TheJournal.ie>

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