Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Finance Minister Michael Noonan in studio with Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday
Further to the RTÉ phone-in brouhaha…
Erica Fleming, the homeless mother who has been living in a Dublin hotel since June with her nine-year-old daughter – and whose questions appeared to cause a headache for the advisors of ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin – has spoken to Ellen Coyne of the Ireland edition of the Times:
“I just think it’s really funny that the people we elected into government can’t think for themselves. As government ministers, they should be able to give a real honest answer and not have to have it written down in front of them. I don’t think the question I was asking was very hard.
“It shouldn’t have caused so much fuss. I did not expect that they would have been preparing responses to my question. On that basis, it’s not really a response is it, it’s just a speech.”
Meanwhile, The Times continues to reject RTÉ’s claims that yesterday’s report was inaccurate, and…
A former adviser to a previous finance minister who had appeared on RTE for a similar post-budget show said they were not provided with any questions in advance in the past.
“We would get broad guidance about the topics that were going to come up. You might get a list that said pensions, childcare, income tax, that kind of thing. We never got the questions or any specific details about the person, I’m not even sure we got the caller’s name in advance,” the former adviser said.
Previously: A Phoney Phone-In
.@roakleyIRL When I was asked on RTE a few yrs ago they wanted to know my answers before letting me on air. I said ‘No’ so they canceled.
— Max Keiser (@maxkeiser) October 15, 2015
There you go.