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RTÉ denies Rossport Five censorship

RTÉ has denied that it is censoring an advertisement for this year’s annual Doolough Famine walk in Mayo which contains a reference in the text to the Rossport Five, writes Lorna Siggins.

RTÉ confirmed yesterday that it advised the human rights organisation, Afri – host of tomorrow’s 21st annual Famine walk in the Doolough valley – to clear any wording for a proposed advertisement for the event with the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI)

An RTÉ spokesman said that it had taken this step before accepting the advertisement because of concerns that another radio station had about a recent Afri advertisement with a similar reference to “Rossport”.

RTÉ said it had not yet seen the wording for the proposed advertisement, but was “aware of difficulties relating to the reference to Rossport” in the text.

Earlier this month, MidWest Radio in Mayo opted not to run an Afri advertisement for a fundraising event in Dublin for the Rossport community.

The station said that it had informed the Broadcasting Commission of its decision, which it said the BCI supported.

EU to improve food labelling

The European Commission plans to introduce a range of measures to help market food and may make farm-of- origin labelling mandatory.

It agreed yesterday to a replacement of detailed marketing standards by a general standard and development of the “reserved terms” instrument.

It is seeking the establishment of guidelines covering private and national food-quality certification schemes.

It also wants the creation of a register for all geographical indications for wines, spirits and agricultural products and foodstuffs.

The moves are aimed at protecting labelling and help the development of international standards for marketing standards and organic product.

Motorcyclist dies in Offaly crash

Gardaí in Co Offaly are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young motorcyclist.

The 23-year-old man was fatally injured when his motorcycle left the R401 Edenderry to Kinnegad road at Carrick Road shortly before 3pm yesterday.