Fine Gael have lodged a formal complaint with RTE because a reference to the Waterford Bye-election named an Independent candidate as the only declared candidate for election. FG's Paudie Coffey has been a candidate for six months, and he's calling on RTE's Prime Time to issue a correction.
Fine Gael Waterford candidate Paudie CoffeyAfter watching the bye-election report that Prime Time broadcast on Tuesday evening with great interest, I was left somewhat bemused by an inaccurate statement made during the programme, which stated that the only declared bye-election candidate in Waterford was an Independent Councillor, who, up to that point, had not declared.
Fine Gael's statement this afternoon says that a press officer contacted RTE during the Prime Time show to ask them to make the correction on air.
The letter of complaint to RTE is below, and refers to the failure to mention Coffey as "damaging", the letter also demands that Primetime give Paudie an appearance on the show soon to make up for the ommission.
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Fine Gael Waterford candidate Paudie CoffeyIt is my firm hope that a clarification will be issued by Prime Time without delay so that the electorate, and Prime Time’s audience, can be kept properly informed.