Journalist Martina Fitzgerald being interrupted on RTÉ News in April
Sarah Bardon, in the Irish Times, reports:
Television reporters are to be allowed broadcast from inside the precincts of Leinster House to prevent protesters getting on screen in the background or performing infantile pranks during live broadcasts.
The Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP) was told the health and safety situation for reporters and camera staff was “so acute that it is not feasible for them to cover [proceedings] from Molesworth Street or Merrion Square”.
The 13-member committee agreed to allow RTÉ use the portico position and the souvenir shop beside the gates of Leinster House.
… The decision was taken after RTÉ political correspondent Martina Fitzgerald was interrupted during live broadcasts. The same facility is likely to be given to TV3 and UTV.
Fans of the insider-outsider theory might say…
Pic: Tommy English