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Sean Gallagher suing the frontline


rapparree

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FORMER presidential candidate Sean Gallagher has brought a High Court action against RTE claiming a "Frontline" debate was unfair and damaged his electoral chances.


The court heard today RTE has agreed to file a defence to the action by June 17 next when the case will be mentioned again.


Mr Gallagher is seeking a declaration that the October 24, 2011, Frontline debate was "unfair" and allegedly "seriously damaged his electoral prospects."
Sean Gallagher brings legal action against RTE's 'Frontline' - Independent.ie

looks like the bagman has tumbled onto his latest money spinning wheeze

in my opinion, it would set a very bad precedent if he won, politicians being able to sue the media for percieved misrepresentation if they think it affected their electoral chances
 

drummed

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Yeah, the law should'nt apply to politicans............good plan poster:confused:
 

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This will certainly be an interesting case.
 

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is there a grant for this ?
 

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Sean Gallagher brings legal action against RTE's 'Frontline' - Independent.ie

looks like the bagman has tumbled onto his latest money spinning wheeze

in my opinion, it would set a very bad precedent if he won, politicians being able to sue the media for percieved misrepresentation if they think it affected their electoral chances
Nothing percieved about it ....no truck for gallagher but if it stops RTE being the official media carrier of the Labour party line and forces it to face up to its stickie past and current huge Labour bias ( kennys discussion on cpa2 today involved Impact and begg!!, no alternative viewpoint allowed) then bring it on ....might lead to a few fresh faces in its current affairs dept too
 

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The Broadcasting Authority did find against R.T.E. so their defence is weakened straight away. How much are R.T.E. willing to pay to make this go away? I can see the ghost of the Father Reynolds case coming back to haunt R.T.E.
Whatever about Gallagher R.T.E. do need to get a hammering and as one poster says maybe the door will open for some new talent. There are many fine young journalist graduates who should be given a chance
 

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The fake tweet undoubtedly decided the election. Therefore this suit is necessary to defend democracy from conspiracy to pervert the course of the democratic process. A number of audience members were reportedly linked to Labour. SG was questioned more than the other candidates, which violates the Constitutional right (Article 40) to equal treatment, as did the fact that alone amongst the candidates, he was the only one the other candidates were allowed to question. The fact the ads were presenting the show as a "gamechanger" also raises questions as to whether that in fact was the motivation behind the unequal treatment.

We also need to track down the source of the original tweet and act accordingly. A new offence of "conspiracy to pervert the democratic process" should be created to punish knowingly fake tweets/stories designed to influence elections. The fact the story came out so close to the broadcast blackout was especially invidious given it deprived him of time to expose the falsehood of the allegations.
 

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dont like it
could we not just make him VICE president he seems to have the qualifications
 

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In March, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld a complaint relating to the debate in which Mr Gallagher was forced to respond to a fake tweet incorrectly attributed to the official "Martin McGuinness for President" account.



Pat Kenny put a tweet to Mr Gallagher which resulted in him admitting he may have collected a donation for Fianna Fáil from a convicted fuel smuggler in Louth in 2006.
Sean Gallagher brings legal action against RTE's 'Frontline' - Independent.ie

he is essentially saying that rte forced him to make an idiot of himself on tv. he was responsible for his own reply which is what did the damage

if he wasnt such an incompetent, useless bluffer, he could have brushed it off
 

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If only both sides could lose....

Pravda did a takedown of Gallagher, in a particularly ugly and desperate manner.

And only for McGuinness, Pravda would have increased Gallagher's vote, the way they were behaving.
 

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hopefully a reynolds type result is in the offing here
 

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Like him or loath him he is entitled to fairness as are all candidates in an election.

The corally is also true - candidates must also be fair to broadcasters.
 

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The fake tweet undoubtedly decided the election. Therefore this suit is necessary to defend democracy from conspiracy to pervert the course of the democratic process. A number of audience members were reportedly linked to Labour. SG was questioned more than the other candidates, which violates the Constitutional right (Article 40) to equal treatment, as did the fact that alone amongst the candidates, he was the only one the other candidates were allowed to question. The fact the ads were presenting the show as a "gamechanger" also raises questions as to whether that in fact was the motivation behind the unequal treatment.
With respect, no. The people decided the election and no court can change that.
 

Dame_Enda

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With respect, no. The people decided the election and no court can change that.
The people were deceived into changing their vote.

An analogy would be for a company to issue a false prospectus, resulting in a surge in the share price, followed by a crash in the price once the truth became known. The company could argue that those who lost their investment made a choice, but in fact they too would have been deceived into doing so and arguably be entitled to compensation. SG likewise is entitled to compensation at least in terms of an apology imho.
 

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Sean Gallagher brings legal action against RTE's 'Frontline' - Independent.ie

looks like the bagman has tumbled onto his latest money spinning wheeze

in my opinion, it would set a very bad precedent if he won, politicians being able to sue the media for percieved misrepresentation if they think it affected their electoral chances
Why isn't he suing Marty? After all, Marty induced the Bagman FFundraiser to put his big FFoot in it?

And why is this in the FFailure FForum?
 
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