The Minister and RTÉ

The saga continues

Sir, – Lelia Doolan (Letters, February 28th) and Fintan O’Toole (Opinion, February 27th) have referred to the admirable characteristics of Siún Ní Raghallaigh, former chairwoman of RTÉ, and no doubt they are correct.

Yet it appears that in recent communications with the Minister for Culture and Media, Catherine Martin, she lacked candour. Lack of candour is what got us into this mess in the first place. I think Catherine Martin should be applauded for insisting on candour. Indeed, I urge all in power to embrace it as a guiding principle. Only when we, the people, insist on frankness and candour will we see change. – Yours, etc,


Co Wicklow.


Sir, – That the Dáil Committee on Media may have adopted the methodology of the 14th century witch hunts in Valais, Switzerland is an open question. However, the Socratic questions and the Jesuitical answers suggest that a liberal arts education has not been wasted on the actors in this Divine Comedy. – Yours, etc,


Co Donegal.

Sir, – An image comes to mind of the Minister gamely pushing at the door to keep it open as an RTÉ chair walks by.

While the analogy of chairs being moved around the deck of the Titanic has been used in reference to the national broadcaster in recent times, none of those chairs were ambulatory to my knowledge .

Yet another revelation that RTÉ is now in possession of a walking chair. Perhaps the chair should be given an exit package to speed it on its way. – Yours, etc,