Rachel Carey writes:
January 15 marks the 20th anniversary of Pádraig Flynn’s memorable appearance on the Late Late Show.
During a routine interview with Gay Byrne, Pádraig Flynn, then EU Commissioner, was portraying himself as a perfect politician. When pushed to speak about Tom Gilmartin, a property developer who was reluctant to speak at the Mahon Tribunal, Flynn snapped.
He launched into a rant about Gilmartin and his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and was paralysed in a wheelchair. Gilmartin who was listening to the interview at home in the UK vowed to bury Flynn.
It was an interview which would change the shape of Irish politics forever and cause the demise of Pádraig Flynn.
Jack Murray, CEO and founder of MediaHQ.com, wrote and recorded a podcast (above) vividly recounting the story of the interview.
The podcast really gets into the detail of the story and gives us some background that many people wouldn’t be aware of….
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