Election debate exclusion suggests Greens ‘don’t matter’, court told

Party takes case against RTÉ decision not to give leader Eamon Ryan place on panels

RTÉ’s exclusion of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan from two party leaders’ debates to be broadcast later this month is fundamentally ‘unfair, undemocratic and unconstitutional’, the High Court has been told. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

RTÉ’s exclusion of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan from two party leaders’ debates to be broadcast later this month is fundamentally ‘unfair, undemocratic and unconstitutional’, the High Court has been told. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

RTÉ’s failure to include Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in two party leaders’ debates to be broadcast ahead of this month’s election is fundamentally “unfair, undemocratic and unconstitutional”, the High Court has been told.

RTÉ’s decision that only parties with three elected TDs can feature in the leaders’ debates amounts to telling the electorate Mr Ryan and his party “do not matter” and are not “significant players”, Siobhán Phelan SC argued.

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