Anybody Catch Corry Last Night?


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During the newspaper review on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne, hosted by Alison O’Connor, the panelists were Louise Bayliss, from SPARK, and Eoghan Corry, from Travel Extra.

They discussed the coverage of the Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey’s arrest in Rio yesterday.

Alison O’Connor: “So, Eoghan, wall-to-wall coverage…”

Eoghan Corry: “It’s one story and it’s a media-led story. Let’s look at this,you know, bring a bit of analysis to this. It’s been a media-led story from the beginning…and the Brazilian newspaper…”

O’Connor: “My god, I mean, the media doesn’t have to do too much work here, the facts are tumbling out…It’s just…”

Corry: “The Brazilian newspapers are the ones that led the charge on this investigation and they were the ones invited by the police today and the video that’s being shown all over the place, and the picture, the naked photograph, we have it on the front of the Examiner – the bathrobes photograph, he was naked when he opened the door on Pat Hickey is…”

O’Connor: “It’s rather distasteful, isn’t it?”

Corry: “Well, is this part of the process? You know, is this part of a judicial process? Is taking, going through somebody’s laptop to get their confidential…”

O’Connor: “Perp-walk approach…”

Corry: “…legal advice. That’s the sort of thing that was said about [Minister for Sport] Shane Ross “put him in his box” is said in the Four Courts everyday, in the private meetings with people, with their clients, that was paraded by the police today. The police were the ones who suggested that he was not cooperating with them when they arrived and was in a separate room. The Olympic Council statement later on says, this is not the case. Those of us, in a late night programme, analysing the media coverage, have to make the point, this is not process, this is media-led. There is almost a voyeuristic thing here of taking on Pat Hickey, with the cameras and parading it around the world before anything comes to trial.

“We also have another very interesting angle, in that Shane Ross has been telling the Examiner, a great story by Daniel McConnell, the political editor of the Examiner…”

O’Connor: “Who broke the original drug test story…”

Corry: “Absolutely, terrific work again by the Examiner, and he said that he was considering withdrawing the funding for the OCI. You can see here what we have…”

O’Connor: “And you can see why. I mean, obviously, then you have the athletes suffering…”

Corry: “OK, well if you consider from a sporting background and most, a lot of my journalistic life, my early journalistic life was in sport. We saw, every time, politicians went trailblazing through sport, it was for their own benefit. We saw a Taoiseach end up on the podium for the Tour de France, we saw, you know…”

O’Connor: “But would you not acknowledge that there are obviously questions that need to be answered here?”

Corry: “Of course there are questions but is a politician saying, ‘I’m going to sort all of this out, trailing down and coming back out. You know. Pat Hickey has been through Minister for Sport after Minister for Sport and if we just look back at the trail of habits of some of our previous ministers…”

O’Connor: “The man certainly has longevity.”

Watch back in full here

Earlier: Calling It

Previously: Chutzpals

16 thoughts on “Anybody Catch Corry Last Night?

  1. dav

    Not really sure what Eoghan Corry’s angle is here. Is he a hickey apologist or is he just making up excuses for the lack of investigative journalism against hickey by the irish media over the last 20yrs or so.

  2. ahjayzis

    Eoghan Corry appears on a lot of panel things. Has anyone actually ever seen/read this Travel Extra thing?

  3. some old queen

    Well he has a point about the media being invited to record the arrest. They made a public spectacle of Hickey which could backfire big-time if he is not convicted.

    What ever happened to the presumption of innocence?

  4. dav

    “What ever happened to the presumption of innocence?” It’s there in the same place as “where there’s smoke there’s fire”. You can choose to believe either. You need to ask yourself how come such a high proportion of irish people believe that hickey may have questions to answer.

    1. some old queen

      I very much doubt if inviting media to video a naked man or dragging him in a dressing gown out of a hotel is going to serve any justice. My guess is that that it was staged for public consumption.

      Why? Time will tell.

      1. 15 cent

        come on! the reason why is obvious. to make an example of him, to show other crooked, corrupt people that you will be punished, you cant get away with this.

    2. Holden MaGroin

      Irrelevant. Everyone deserves a trial, and their dignity. What does it say about us if we don’t allow people that?

  5. moould

    how colonial to view the process of justice in another country by the standards of one’s own

    1. topsy

      +1. Here we give no or lenient sentences to white collar criminals because the are “family men ” or have a positive community profile. The elite circle.

  6. 15 cent

    he should never have left ireland. the safe haven for the crooked and corrupt. these lads only ever come ascupper once they go abroad. sure he’s been gettin away with foul play quite publically since the 90s.

    also, lots are askin why did the media film the arrest. its clearly to warn off others at the same mischief.

  7. Michelle Jordan

    I know that Eoghan Corry has separate Facebook accounts for each of his pets, with several thousand followers per pet.

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