Wednesday, 10 February 1960
Seanad Eireann Debate
Dr. O'Donovan: On looking at the Seanad debates of February 4th last, volume 52, column 442, I noticed a reference by me, in the third paragraph, to the news editor of Radio  Éireann. I want to make it clear that I did not intend to refer to an individual and therefore I am taking the first opportunity available to me of stating that in this connection I had no intention of casting a reflection on a particular individual.
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Hilliard): Could the Senator add to that? Would the Senator go further and say that the Director General is in fact an Irish national? Apparently the Senator said that the Director of Radio Éireann was not an Irish national.
Dr. O'Donovan: That is the second paragraph of my statement, Sir: “I understand the Director of Broadcasting was consulted about it. Being a non-national, it is possible he did not understand the seriousness of the matter...” I think that should stand.
Dr. O'Donovan: If the Minister tells me he is an Irish national, of course I accept it. I was really exculpating the Director of Broadcasting by reason of the fact that he might not understand the matter. I think the inference in the third paragraph, in the way it is reported, is a more serious one, as it pointed to a particular individual, which I did not intend.
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