Willie O’Reilly: RTÉ blunder sets a bad benchmark for future transgressions

Calling out the broadcaster’s non-compliance with Covid restrictions at retirement ‘do’ is correct. But we should learn from it and move beyond it, quickly

29th November, 2020
Willie O’Reilly: RTÉ blunder sets a bad benchmark for future transgressions
David McCullagh and Miriam O'Callaghan pose with their colleague on her final day at work

The definition of a gaffe is an unintentional act causing embarrassment to its originator. A blunder, if you like.

And it sure was a monumental one for RTÉ last week. The broadcaster, having recognised its leadership role in the pandemic and, as far I can tell, having successfully implemented the Covid-19 restrictions, stumbled and fell because of a small gathering at a retirement do.

It’s the little things that get you in the end....

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