Meanwhile, Outside RTÉ

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From top: National Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi; IPSC’s National Organiser Aisling Micklethwaite and IPSC’s press officer Betty Purcell; gardaí

This afternoon.

Outside RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and their supports, protest against Israel hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and call for RTE to boycott the event.

Meanwhile…

A few moments ago…

On RTÉ One’s News at One

The head of the Irish Eurovision Delegation, RTÉ’s Michael Kealey responded to calls for a boycott and to the protest currently taking place outside RTÉ studios.

He told journalist Áine Lawlor that RTÉ is a public service broadcaster and doesn’t “take political stands”.

He said taking political stands is “not something we do”, before adding that the Eurovision is about music and not politics.

And he added: “If we introduce politics, you’ll have to look at the whole Eurovision itself.”

Listen back in full here

Update:

Update:

Protest at RTÉ calls for boycott of Eurovision song contest (RTE)

Earlier: EU May Like This

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Second last pic: Barry Lenihan

27 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Outside RTÉ

  1. eoin

    Flatus in a hurricane, if you want to stop Eurovision in Israel, put pressure on loss-making RTE to suspend its very expensive membership of the “European” Broadcasting Union, the secretive Swiss-based organisation run by ex-RTE boyo which doesn’t publish audited financial accounts.

    1. Truth in the News

      Former DG of RTE Noel Curran now Director General of EBU , his brother Richard a journalist with
      the Independent covering business and also has a slot on Saturday Morning on RTE Radio 1

  2. curmudgeon

    “political stands is ‘not something we do’ ” – except of course when their CEO Dee Forbes actively lobbies the govt for an increase in the license fee and more public funds.

    1. millie st murderlark

      Oh well, it was there earlier.

      Either that or I’ve lost the plot/eyesight completely.

  3. Mel

    Is that a LGBT flag I see in one of the pics? Good luck flying that with your Islamist friends.

  4. Junkface

    I wonder is the same kind of thing that’s going on in the UK labour party going here? The ould Socialist – Palestinian link. Some of them support Hamas I’d say.

    1. realPolithicks

      “Some of them support Hamas I’d say.”

      Would you? I assume you can support that statement with some links.

      1. Mel

        I’d say most of the Irish supporters of the Palestinian cause have no clue what they are supporting. FGM, persecution of homosexuals, diverting aid funds away from essential services, using the population as human shields, denying education to its children. Never mind that the STATED aim of Hamas is the destruction of Israel and the elimination of the Jewish people.
        That’s what they are supporting.

        1. f_lawless

          I find it astounding the mental gymnastics some will go through to disconnect themselves from feeling any kind of empathy with the suffering their fellow human beings are undergoing. Why would think this protest is in support of a political group rather that a show of solidarity for Palestinian people? There isn’t a single banner in any of those photos that says “Hamas”

        2. realPolithicks

          Thats a lot of assumptions you’re making there mel, what are your thoughts on the racist right wing government of Israel and the oppression they are visiting upon the Palestian people every day?

  5. Truth in the News

    RTE has been playing political poker since it first started television transmissions of
    last day of December 1961 and what is Israel doing in the EBU or indeed the Eurovision
    anyways

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