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Vincent Browne to apologise tonight for suggesting FG leader should commit suicide


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On Thursday night on TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne the show was discussing the following day's poll figures and Enda Kenny's future, during the exchange, the show's presenter, Vincent Browne suggested that Enda Kenny should go into a dark room with a gun and a bottle of whiskey.

Any truth in the rumour that Enda has been sent into a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver?
- Vincent Browne

Browne has said that he will be apologising for the live on-air remarks on tonights show.

Browne told the Irish Independent last night that "Yes it was a stupid, silly, inconsiderate remark to make and I will be apologising for it on the programme on Monday night".

Whilst the shows are normally all available online soon after broadcast, TV3 have not put the video of Thursday's show online.

Members of Politics.ie responded on Thursday night to Vincent Browne's remarks.

Absolutely scandalous comments from Browne concerning Kenny. This man has a young family and does not deserve this type of diatribe. I hope Kenny sues them. Completelty Below the belt from Browne. I knew young men who took their own lives because of financial difficulties caused by decisions that this govt took and he makes comments like this about Kenny. He also failed miserably to land a punch on Lenihan, the very thing he accuses Kenny of. Double standards indeed.
- Safari on Politics.ie
 

SKELLY

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storm in a tea cup!

I thought it was quite funny and i have experienced the pain and suffering that suicide leaves first hand.

PC gone mad imo.
 

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On Thursday night on TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne the show was discussing the following day's poll figures and Enda Kenny's future, during the exchange, the show's presenter, Vincent Browne said that Enda Kenny should go into a dark room with a gun and a bottle of whiskey.

Browne has said that he will be apologising for the live on-air remarks on tonights show.

Browne told the Irish Independent last night that "Yes it was a stupid, silly, inconsiderate remark to make and I will be apologising for it on the programme on Monday night".

Whilst the shows are normally all available online soon after broadcast, TV3 have not put the video of Thursday's show online.
They usually go up in the late morning on the day after. A few times I have been up early and tried to watch the previous night's show if I missed it, and it won't be up until later in the day. That's a bit nerdish, but if you're on this site, you'll understand ;)

Glad to see he will be apologising for a thoughtless, insensitve remark. Easy enough to say off the cuff but not on national tv.
 

constitutionus

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storm in a tea cup!

I thought it was quite funny and i have experienced the pain and suffering that suicide leaves first hand.

PC gone mad imo.

+1

FFS the way this is being spun you'd swear he was actually postulating a viable FG strategy !

the tyranny of PC in this country is beyond toxic now.

get a damn grip.
 

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About tiime. The remark was in very poor taste, especially after they had covered the suicide increase, earlier in the show. I can't understand the hissy fits after the NOTW ad and this story went under the radar.
 

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The country going down the toilet and Browne gets pulled up on a common expression that had to do with having a personal sense of honour (something that many of these poor people who committed suicide had). But it is quite obvious that these PC f*cktards have no such concept, no honour and no clue.

Regards...jmcc
 

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The thing is, thats what FG will probably do with Kenny anyway!
 

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Daft. It's a common expression and was clearly intended to be ironic.
 

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Ah c'mon; the "whiskey and revolver" thing is obviously meant to be a joke. This is nothing like the annoyed angry way in which Ahern used his famous line.

P.
 

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Fair play to him for manning up.

It's no wonder TV3 get the cold shoulder at Government buildings.

Himself and Ursula Halligan are loose cannons. Lord Nelson would be proud.
 

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I was surprised at Browne to use it. Browne has stood up for the mentally ill in this country when no one else was doing it, I have a young relation who tried it a few weeks ago, luckily he was saved by his friends,. One poster who said he had
experienced suicide first hand, found the remarks funny. Any remarks about suicide whatever the context I will never again find funny, Browne made a blunder, he is big enough to correct it, Lets hope Eamon Delaney has the same qualities and apologizes, He prefaces his remarks using the political equivalent
remark, then draws Phil Hogan into it. then mentions, darkened room, bottle of whiskey.revolver, and then doing the decent thing. Whatever about Fine Gael. Delaney owes an apology to Kennys wife and family. Too many young men are committing suicide in any context there is no fun in it.
 

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Are "harakiri" jokes now verboten too? I imagine that as many people in this country have ceremonially disembowelled themselves as have used a revolver and whiskey.

P.
 

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Vincent Brown is always putting "disadvantaged people" on his program. He like to give off the air that he's a "salt of the earth" type by demonstrating to everyone how generous he is (while sporting an open neck shirt), but really. Those Gardai on the show last week standing up one after another to read out "stories" from the "disadvantaged" like school kids nervously reading out their essays would make you sick. He should focus on his calling in life: political entertainment and selling advertising. To try and put a socially conscious slant on it is not only disingenuous, but for the benefit of him rather than of those who he purports to "represent".

There's a lot to be said for doing an honest day's work and giving x% of your salary anonymously to a cause of your choice. Unfortunately these days, charities exist as much for their donors as they do for the recipients.
 

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Horrible comment from a clown. What do people expect from this guy. I'd be a champagne socialist too if my house was worth €3.5m.
 

Cassandra Syndrome

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Freedom of Speech is thriving today......

I would have loved to hear or read some of the complaints made.
 

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It was indeed a stupid, inappropriate remark by Browne, resting as it did on the idea that Kenny would (a) take the hint, and (b) manage to successfully kill himself.

I wouldn't suggest the same approach to Brian Cowen. The best way to persuade him to shoot himself is if he's promised the whiskey afterwards.
 
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It was indeed a stupid, inappropriate remark by Browne, resting as it did on the idea that Kenny would (a) take the hint, and (b) manage to successfully kill himself.
(b) Do you really think
VB wanted Enda to kill
himself?
 

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The country going down the toilet and Browne gets pulled up on a common expression that had to do with having a personal sense of honour (something that many of these poor people who committed suicide had). But it is quite obvious that these PC f*cktards have no such concept, no honour and no clue.

Regards...jmcc
Its not that common an expression and your implication that committing suicide is somehow an honorable act would be at variance with thoughts of many of the relatives of those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
 

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At least Browne has the good grace to apologise. It was a poor comment that caused offence to people whose lives are blighted by the suicide of loved ones.

It was said in the heat of the moment and has quite rightly been withdrawn.
 
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