A Donegalman spoke this week of how he had shouted at Frontline presenter, Pat Kenny, that the current affairs programme, which featured the infamous tweet which it is claimed destroyed Sean Gallagher’s Presidential bid, was a “travesty”.
Brian Flanagan, a well known campaigner from Buncrana, was among the audience in support of another candidate, Dana Rosemary Scallon, and revealed how he had filled in a question card prior to the broadcast of the programme in the R.T.E. studios.
“I wrote my question on the card and when I walked into the studio the card was taken. We got the impression that our questions were of no importance to anybody. We were there purely as decoration, which is rather annoying when you drive 180 miles each way,” said Mr. Flanagan.
Members of the audience, including his own group, had got “very frustrated” because the people running the show had “ignored” every question and indication that someone wanted to speak.
“It got to the stage where we started to break the bounds of civility, and I started shouting during the break to Pat Kenny that this was a travesty.
“I was shouting at the top of my voice but I might as well have been speaking in Sanskrit. It made no difference.”
In a letter to newspapers this week, Mr.Flanagan, insisted the programme, broadcast in the run-up to the Presidential election, had been conducted in an “infuriating manner”.
“I got the impression that we had driven 200 miles to sit as mere decoration. The centre was populated by late teens and those in their early 20’s. The only questions that were taken were from the centre group of the three seating areas. Flailing our hands with outraged facial expressions was to no avail.
“Both I and the Fine Gael supporters behind me ended up shouting queries verging on insults at Pat Kenny and his floor manager during the ad breaks. But these top-of-the-voice insults were like water off a duck’s back to these guys,” the Buncrana man declared.