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'No discussion, edits or changes' were made to the Sydney Rose's abortion comments on the RTÉ Player

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins called for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

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RTÉ HAS CONFIRMED that no edits or changes were made to the Sydney Rose’s portion of last night’s live Rose Of Tralee broadcast.

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins used her interview with host Dáithí Ó Sé to call for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.

Subsequently there were some concerns and confusion that RTÉ had temporarily removed or ‘wiped’ the segment from their Player, but the broadcaster has confirmed to and that there was “no discussion or issue with the Sydney Rose on the RTÉ Player”:

Her interview was in the final part of the show and was published to Player in the running order sequence – after Kilkenny and before Queensland. It is the same as the broadcast version. No edits or changes were made to the Player version at any time.

Parkins, an Australian journalist, said that she thinks “it’s time to give women a say over their reproductive rights”.

Some contestants in this year’s Rose of Tralee were asked for their opinion on abortion ahead of the live broadcast as part of a panel discussion. and DailyEdge understand that while international Roses were quizzed for their thoughts on topics like immigration, some Irish Roses were asked to discuss if abortion should be legalised in Ireland, and if so in what circumstances.

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Immigration, ‘Women in Ireland’, 1916 and a ‘united Ireland’ and doping in sport were also on the agenda for the Irish women.

RTÉ have an obligation as a public service broadcaster to fairness and impartiality, particularly in the context of an election or referendum.

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