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RTÉ, Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

From top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fáil leader Michaél Martin,  Labour leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams arrive for the Leaders’ Debate on RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm.

Out of picture: AAA/PBP/, Greens, Soc Dems, Independent Alliance.

Decent whistle on MM, in fairness.

More as we get it.

Irish General Election 2016: RTÉ leaders’ debate line-up sparks allegations of censorship (RT)

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53 thoughts on “At My Signal

  1. Praetorian

    Sickens me they can get away with this.
    The shinners will get top slot someday…that’ll soften the Montrose cough.

      1. Praetorian.

        Anyone visiting this island and sitting in a hotel room tonight will be under the impression that that’s the four choices for the voting public on Friday…no mention of any smaller parties or indos…thats my point.

        1. Harry Molloy

          Fair enough. I would be happy with a debate with only those who could lead a government but point taken.

          Not sure how in the hell you could have independents there and actually moderate the debate. Plus there’s so many new little parties like direct democracy, united people ref so where to draw the line would be an issue.

          This debate is muck though!

  2. Declan

    Adding a link to a Russia Today article seems a bit click baitish. Any chance you could add another so it’ll be fair and balanced ; )

          1. rotide

            None of these guys are covering themselves with any glory.

            it’s a bad state of affairs when Michael Martin is only one being in any way coherant.

        1. Neilo

          In fairness, Lord Adams of Andytown is getting on a little and the memory isn’t quite what it was. The poor crathur can’t even remember if he was in the IRA.

  3. Dhaughton99

    The new X files have been pretty poor apart from the one with Kumail Nanjiani. That one was a classic.

  4. Baz

    Miriam is very poor

    Asks Joan a question

    Joan goes about answering

    Gerry interupts

    Miriam says: ‘let Michael speak’

    This is insanely bad, call up Claire Byrne now.

    Also the creaking is a joke, even TV3 have higher production standards

    1. Anne

      The boyfriend muted the telly a few times over the creaking and told me to stop moving my foot against the wooden chest.. the cheek of him.
      I said it’s not me, it’s that cheap stage RTE are using.

      Another ominous thing was Joan who kept smiling at the camera every time it zoomed in on her.
      If that doesn’t give you nightmares I don’t know what would.

      Seriously creeping smile from her when the camera zoomed in on her. But in fairness, kinda strange camera action going on at times.. zooming into ‘leaders’ when anther ‘leader’ was talking. RTE are for the birds.
      The fupping birds wouldn’t bother with um.

      They’re saying Joan did well.. She was fupping brutal. Asked about the lack of mental health services in the country, she said she’s talking to people on the ground and she understands the trauma people are going through from suicide, and people are saying the young people need sports facilities and good schools and what about Gerry who went to America for an operation? Brutal.

      Better than her previous appearances, but still brutal. And the only reason she performed better was that she stayed quiet for longer.

      1. Frilly Keane

        I know we shouldn’t expect much from her
        But still
        You’d think she’d have lashed into it
        Like leave nothing behind

        She’s done
        She knows it
        So with a 100k + guaranteed for life sorted
        Why didn’t she just go for it

        I’m pretty insulted by her tbh
        I’d a’ just gone for it

        Maybe she was always an empty shirt

        1. Fergus the magic postman

          Sometimes without thinking, I start reading your comments like poetry, until I realise there is no poem.

          Yup, Joan’s finished, & obscurity for Kelly would be very satisfying.

          Strange how RTE are saying Enda & Joan did best, with Michaél & Gerry doing badly…or is it strange. Agenda? RTE? Noooo.

  5. Funster Fionnanánn

    If you are in any way excited about an Irish election, you are either working for RTE or a politician. Everybody else has no excuse. You should be embarrassed if you watch that program expecting to learn anything.

    If you do not know who to vote for by now you should be put on a boat and sent out to sea.

  6. Baz

    And the biggest loser tonight? Miriam O’Callaghan

    This is surely Miriam’s last hosting of such an important debate?

  7. Truth in the News

    RTE should be renamed the “Royal Television Establishment, it has lost all
    credbility and respect after their failure to mention on their early bulletins
    last Saturday that there was to be a large protest demonstration in Dublin
    What else do they censor and unreport, how come they have not aired anything
    about Noonan and the allegations made by Wexford Barrister Gary O’Halloran
    Lets get a National Campaign going to abolish the licience fee paid to them.

  8. Frilly Keane

    Did ye all see Edna use a cog note for his 30 second pitch?

    This is the shyte you’re voting for with Fine Girls

    1. martco

      saw that too, shocking stuff

      I wonder if his own spinners have given up on him at this stage

      the other thing I saw in him was the feigned “sorry I’m having difficulty hearing you, could you repeat the question please (to buy me more time to process your question)” body language throughout….wondering there’s no way he was being fed thru an earpiece, no surely not…

  9. Owen C

    Of the four of them, Michael Martin is the only one you could describe as a “strength” for their individual parties. FG, Labour and SF (in particular) would all see a big boost to support if they some of the obvious alternatives in place.

    1. Tony M

      Which is ironic, given that Martin was notoriously weak and indecisive as a Minister. The man could barely make up his mind about what he wanted for lunch.

  10. 15 cents

    urgh .. so whatever happens, the next five years will be more of the same no matter whos in charge. may as well go with Sinn Fein then, just for the chaos factor. we know what we’re gettin with the others coz theyve all had a terrible craic of the whip, may as well give a new crowd a shot. see if we can get a full suite of fupp ups. least itll do away with IW.

    1. Neilo

      To say nothing of foreign direct investment and the Special Criminal Court. Syriza with a sociopathic streak and the paramilitary expertise to back it up.

      1. Frilly Keane

        And Shatter, Noonan and that moron Charlie Flanagan are the lads for all that?

        Give over would ya

    2. Clampers Outside!

      In fairness, that is not true. FG have never served two terms in a row.

      That’s no defence of FG, btw, just pointing an important difference between ff and fg past performance. A consecutive term is a big deal.

  11. Neilo

    No matter how hard you wish it were true, you’re wasting your time labelling me as a Fine Gael supporter. At least constitutional nationalism’s conception of justice does not embrace the kangaroo court and – if lucky – exile and a punishment beating.

    1. Frilly Keane

      Kangaroo Court?

      Could that be any different from what Noonan was doing off his own fat bat in Health …
      Leaving a child in the care of an abuser!?!?!
      At the personal request of the abuser ?!?!!

      Michael Noonan is as familiar with rogue and risky behaviour as anyone else in the coming elections

      1. Neilo

        Your whataboutery cuts no ice with me. If there’s a legal case to answer, the outgoing Minister for Finance will have to deal with it. It is the precise opposite of ‘community policing’ .

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