At this week’s meeting of the Donegal Electoral Area committee, the Chairman hit out at the treatment afforded to the members of the All Ireland winning team on last Saturday’s Late, Late Show describing it as a ‘debacle’ and ‘insulting’ and demanded an apology from the state broadcaster.
Cllr. Sean McEniff said, “I was with the team in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny and in spite of a most demanding week they were all looking forward to their appearance on the show.
“The treatment they received on the show was an absolute disgrace and an insult to both the players and the management who had made the time to travel to Dublin.
“Ryan Tubridy hadn’t the decency to offer these lads a seat, referred to some members of the audience as refugees and constantly kept glancing at his watch. It was quite obvious that he was using their presence as a marketing ploy to increase the viewing figures and had no interest in the team whatsoever.”
McEniff, who has been associated with the GAA in the county for many years, added, “This Donegal team has been an inspiration to both young and old in this county and further afield and restored the feel good factor to the county.
“They have confounded their critics and proved that with dedication and determination success is indeed possible. They deserved much better than this. The show was simply a debacle.”
Cllr. McEniff proposed that a letter of protest demanding an apology by sent to RTÉ and this was seconded by Cllr. Brendan Byrne.