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    Brian Lenihan Senior's bid for the Aras famously imploded when he denied making phone calls to the Aras in an attempt to persuade President Hillary to refuse a Dail dissolution, during the political crisis of 1982, The questions were raised by Brian Murphy, a Fine Gael activist, during an RTE Questions & Answers program during the presidential campaign of 1990.

    Brian Murphy was aware of a taped interview which Lenihan had given to Jim Duffy, an interview in which Lenihan admitted making calls to the Aras and talking to Hillary

    Did RTE plant Brian Murphy in the audience so he could ask the difficult questions?
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    Given the history of that family with RTE I'd say it is much more likely that RTE was set up by the Andrews-Lenihans.

    And nothing I've seen since would persuade me otherwise.
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    How the hell would we know?
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    Like with Bagman, the truth came to the surface. We don't want a 'halftruther' in the Áras.
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    He got caught out.
    Though!
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    Yes, in cahoots with FG
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    Quote Originally Posted by rant_and_rave View Post
    Brian Lenihan Senior's bid for the Aras famously imploded when he denied making phone calls to the Aras in an attempt to persuade President Hillary to refuse a Dail dissolution, during the political crisis of 1982, The questions were raised by Brian Murphy, a Fine Gael activist, during an RTE Questions & Answers program during the presidential campaign of 1990.

    Brian Murphy was aware of a taped interview which Lenihan had given to Joe Duffy, an interview in which Lenihan admitted making calls to the Aras and talking to Hillary

    Did RTE plant Brian Murphy in the audience so he could ask the difficult questions?
    I believe that it is Jim Duffy, rather than Joe. He later worked as an advisor to Enda Kenny prior to the last election. Duffy was certainly a subject of attacks from FF at the time but the interview does not appear to have been carried out to trip up Lenihan - he seemed to have tripped up himself.

    Here's Duffy's wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Duffy_(journalist)
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummed View Post
    How the hell would we know?
    Sure aren’t there a few insiders here who know everything.

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    No. RTE had no way of knowing what question Murphy would ask.

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    Like Uncle Fester if he hadn't done anything wrong he couldn't have been caught out.

    The one thing I will always remember Lenihan Snr. for is how CJ pocketed the money raised for his medical care.
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