Is it appropriate for RTE to have Frank Flannery on panels?

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Frank Flannery's name popped up on the thread about Angela Kerins a few days ago - justifiably given his role in the whole affair, but to be honest Frank's apparent redemption, in particularly on the state owned, tax payer funded, public service broadcaster.

Frank has left a trail of dubious deals and unanswered questions in his wake - is it right that RTE would bring him onto panels as a pundit without reminding the audience every so often that Frank believes it's okay to profit hugely personally from "charities", sign huge deals for cronies using charity money and deal through defunct companies?
 


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Frank Flannery's name popped up on the thread about Angela Kerins a few days ago - justifiably given his role in the whole affair, but to be honest Frank's apparent redemption, in particularly on the state owned, tax payer funded, public service broadcaster.

Frank has left a trail of dubious deals and unanswered questions in his wake - is it right that RTE would bring him onto panels as a pundit without reminding the audience every so often that Frank believes it's okay to profit hugely personally from "charities", sign huge deals for cronies using charity money and deal through defunct companies?
Is he a good pundit?
 

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It's the polar opposite of the reaction when Michaella McCollum was interviewed after her release...uproar that RTE would stoop to have her on the airwaves.

Our home grown scumbags, though, when they're well connected, seem to raise no such response.
 

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He was a key electoral strategist for FG during the 90's and 00's when they spent 90% of the time in opposition.

So no.
Well, I suppose he does have some redeeming characteristics - the country would be well phucked if FG had been in power for much more of that period.
 

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Frank Flannery's name popped up on the thread about Angela Kerins a few days ago - justifiably given his role in the whole affair, but to be honest Frank's apparent redemption, in particularly on the state owned, tax payer funded, public service broadcaster.

Frank has left a trail of dubious deals and unanswered questions in his wake - is it right that RTE would bring him onto panels as a pundit without reminding the audience every so often that Frank believes it's okay to profit hugely personally from "charities", sign huge deals for cronies using charity money and deal through defunct companies?
If it's on a subject on which he has expertise, and let's face it when it comes to analysing election counts and suchlike Flannery is without parallel, why shouldn't they have him on? If they applied some hypothetical "virtue test" for everyone who appears in the media, a lot of TV and radio programmes would be a lot less interesting, entertaining or wothwhile.
 

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He was a key electoral strategist for FG during the 90's and 00's when they spent 90% of the time in opposition.

So no.
Flannery's role wasn't to win votes, it was to direct strategy to maximise seat returns from those votes. In that regard, his record was exceptionally good.
 

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Yes. He is perfect for opinionating in the national propaganda channel.

He is patronizing.
He has politically powerful freinds.
He has been a serial quango snout.
He was on public / public subsidised pay, & delivered bugger all value for the taxpayer.
He has no clue what life is like for most people.

And he talks utter rubbish.

He fits right in. He is perfect. Another useless millionaire from access to to the right people in the institutional state.

 
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Frank Flannery's name popped up on the thread about Angela Kerins a few days ago - justifiably given his role in the whole affair, but to be honest Frank's apparent redemption, in particularly on the state owned, tax payer funded, public service broadcaster.

Frank has left a trail of dubious deals and unanswered questions in his wake - is it right that RTE would bring him onto panels as a pundit without reminding the audience every so often that Frank believes it's okay to profit hugely personally from "charities", sign huge deals for cronies using charity money and deal through defunct companies?
Is it also appropriate for Irish Citizens to be forced to pay a TV licence fee, that enables these sort of individuals too bamboozle the Population.
 

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If it's on a subject on which he has expertise, and let's face it when it comes to analysing election counts and suchlike Flannery is without parallel, why shouldn't they have him on? If they applied some hypothetical "virtue test" for everyone who appears in the media, a lot of TV and radio programmes would be a lot less interesting, entertaining or wothwhile.
Are you suggesting Frankie would fail this hypothetical 'virtue test' then?
 

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You defend them all. You're the Jacques Vergès of P.ie.
Well he just said that if we were to take away all the dodgy people on Irish TV it would be ''a lot less interesting, entertaining or wothwhile.''

As if the offerings from the likes of Miriam O'Callaghan, Ballsy O'Connor or Ray D'arcy were ever ''interesting, entertaining or wothwhile.''

LOL

:lol:
 

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If it's on a subject on which he has expertise, and let's face it when it comes to analysing election counts and suchlike Flannery is without parallel, why shouldn't they have him on? If they applied some hypothetical "virtue test" for everyone who appears in the media, a lot of TV and radio programmes would be a lot less interesting, entertaining or wothwhile.
But, people should be given the full picture, no?

Frank has been a naughty boy and his principles are at best dubious - his opinions are, by association, therefore also dubious, but if he's being given access to the national airwaves surely RTE have a duty of care to the audience and its paymasters the license holders.
 

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Obviously No

That he can and does shows the utter lack of consequence for wrong doing in todays Ireland , and the lack of fear or the complete contempt the golden circle have for the masses

Then again when you have useful idiots and peasant mentality buffoons who defend everything whilst doffing a cap for "de party' all for a touch of the hem of the great and the good .....who can blame them for scoffing

Unintended consequence of the GFA , our establishment are very complacent and unafraid
 

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But, people should be given the full picture, no?

Frank has been a naughty boy and his principles are at best dubious - his opinions are, by association, therefore also dubious, but if he's being given access to the national airwaves surely RTE have a duty of care to the audience and its paymasters the license holders.
Yeaaaaaaah.....guess I have no say in that respect so.

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Are you suggesting Frankie would fail this hypothetical 'virtue test' then?
I am sure he is well capable of bluffing his way along.

Call it "virtue signalling"

A spell on the board of a "charity" is just the ticket.
 

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You defend them all. You're the Jacques Vergès of P.ie.
Flannery's record in maximising seats to votes doesn't need to be defended, it's there in black and white. I'm stating a fact - one which, I notice, you haven't disputed.
 

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It's the polar opposite of the reaction when Michaella McCollum was interviewed after her release...uproar that RTE would stoop to have her on the airwaves.

Our home grown scumbags, though, when they're well connected, seem to raise no such response.
I might add that almost none of our home grown scumbags have never done time unlike Michella McCollum.
 

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But, people should be given the full picture, no?

Frank has been a naughty boy and his principles are at best dubious - his opinions are, by association, therefore also dubious, but if he's being given access to the national airwaves surely RTE have a duty of care to the audience and its paymasters the license holders.
Firstly, people should be given the full picture of what? No TV discussion programme would ever even start if the life story of every contributor had to be given first. As for his opinions, look at it this way - if you were analysing an election count, would you want Flannery's decades of expertise and experience, or someone who knows a lot less about the subject but at least gives you the warm feeling that you get when you're talking to someone of unblemished virtue?

As for RTE's duty of care, they prominently reported on Flannery's dealings with the PAC and his record in Rehab. What else do you want them to do?
 


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