Pat Kenny has hit out at RTÉ for axing Sean O’Rourke – after he attended a controversial Oireachtas Golf Society event in Clifden, which went against coronavirus restrictions.
Days after the news broke that Sean had joined prominent politicians at the event, RTÉ released a statement confirming that they would not be going ahead with future projects planned for Sean.
“I can’t see for the life of me why RTÉ did what they did to Seán O’Rourke,” Pat told the Irish Independent.
“Seán was a private citizen, playing a game of golf, going to a bit of a dinner. He didn’t have any hand, act or part in the making of the rules, whereas (Minister for Agriculture) Dara Calleary did,” he added.
RTÉ had reportedly planned for Sean to host a new politically-focused radio show on Saturdays on Radio 1.
Pat, who worked at the station for seven years, said it was “ridiculous” for the broadcaster to cut ties with Sean.
“If I had been in Leinster House (as a journalist) would I have joined the golfing society? Very possibly”.
“They had no concrete plans for Sean, just a vague promise of projects to come. So they didn’t need to say anything. I mean, what were they trying to do?,” he added.
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