RTE has apologised to Donegal filmmaker Neasa Ni Chianain over comments made on Radio Na Gealtachta about her film Fairytale of Kathmandu.
It said that the material broadcast in the course of this interview given by poet Paddy Bushe suggested Ms Ní Chianáin offered payment to a person to make a false statement on film.
It also suggested she had pressured another person to give pre-scripted answers to certain questions and had exploited a number of youths who participated in the programme.
RTÉ said it accepted these suggestions were entirely incorrect and unfair to Ms Ní Chianáin and wished to apologise for the hurt and distress they had caused to her and to her partner.
Ms Ní Chianáin left the court in tears. In a statement she issued later, she said she welcomed the apology.
She said it had taken two years to get final closure on the unfounded accusations and comments made in the interview.
Ms Ní Chianáin said she had had no option but to seek the apology through the courts, as she was told by the head of Raidió na Gaeltachta Edel Ní Chuireáin that RnaG would not correct the material or apologise.
She said that independent filmmakers were all vulnerable when speaking out in their work about injustices and moral bankruptcy.
Ms Ní Chianáin said as individuals, independent filmmakers did not have massive corporations behind them and did not have the resources to hire lawyers for legal actions if defamatory material is published.
‘All we have is the truth to protect us, our reputation and integrity,’ she said.
She said if this was attacked by individuals with certain agendas and that is knowingly or unknowingly facilitated by the media, then what hope was there that whistleblowers would want to come forward and warn of injustices and wrong doings.
Ms Ní Chianáin said throughout the aftermath of Fairytale of Kathmandu she was accused of many unfounded things, but she said the essential truth of the film had never been undermined.
She said if there was more effort put into establishing facts before publishing, a lot of pain and waste of resources would have been spared.
More from Donegal Daily
- JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES AT CELTIC – MCGUINNESS PART OF MANAGEMENT STAFF FOR FIVE-STAR VICTORY
Jim McGuinness took his place on the bench alongside Celtic manager Ronnie Delia for Celtic's 5-0 victory over Ross County earlier this afternoon.
His presence on the bench signifies the central role he's now having with the first-team at Celtic Park.
One of Delia's first moves […]
- JUDGE ORDERS CLLR JOHN O’DONNELL TO APPEAR IN COURT OR FACE ARREST A DISTRICT Judge has warned controversial politician John O'Donnell to appear in court next month or face arrest over a long-running failure to pay compensation to a woman injured on a building site.
Petra Kucklick, a German native from Mill Cottage, Rooskey, Creeslough, appeared […]
- DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ACCUSES RTE OF ‘ENTRAPPING’ HIM IN BOGUS CASH FOR FAVOURS INTERVIEW
EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Donegal county councillor John O'Donnell has accused RTE of 'entrapping' him during an investigation in which they claim he asked for money for help with a wind farm development.
The Independent councillor will feature in RTE's Investigates Standards in Public […]
- PADDY IS STILL MAKING HIS ‘VOICE’ HEARD DESPITE CLOSE CALL Donegal singer Paddy Molloy is still giving it socks on RTE’s The Voice.
The Glenties man got a bit of a shock tonight when he didn’t get the vote from Kian Egan’s group to go through to the next round.
Not even his number one fan Jamelia could help get him over the […]
- DONEGAL MAN WINS GAA TRIP OF A LIFETIME A young Donegal man has staked his claim to becoming the next Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
Damien Ó Dónaill beat off stiff competition to win the RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta/GAA commentary competition.
The Rann na Feirste man wins 2 tickets to the All-Ireland Football final and a […]
- RTE’S WINKING WEATHERMAN DOES U-TURN ON DONEGAL’S WEATHER FORECAST Winking weatherman John Eagleton was forced to apologise to thousands of people across Donegal – after he got the outcome of Hurricane Katia wrong.
The well-known RTE forecaster told listeners to Highland Radio at 10.15am that winds had peaked.
But Mr Eagleton was forced to come […]
- RTE CHOOSE DANIEL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY EVENING SPECIAL Daniel O’Donnell’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down after RTE chose to broadcast a Christmas Day special with the man himself.
Daniel At 50 will feature the life and times of the Kincasslagh singing sensation.
The show will feature interviews with family and friends as well […]
- FANCY BEING PART OF RTE’S EXCITING NEW SPORTS QUIZ SHOW? Calling all sports teams, supporters and clubs around Donegal – RTE needs your help!
A brand new television sports quiz called ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ is due to hit our screens in September on RTE 1.
The show sees two teas of famous sports stars and pundits go head-to-head […]
- HARD-HITTING RTE SHOW REVEALS SHAME OF DONEGAL’S DRIVERS The head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has declared that every road death is preventable.
Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking during a hard-hitting segment on RTE’s new road traffic programme.
Traffic Blues featured patrols with the Donegal Traffic Corps over two […]
- WAKE UP TO DONEGAL ON RTE RADIO THIS SUNDAY MORNING
Sunday Miscellany, the hugely popular RTE Radio 1 program, recently held another very successful recording during the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks festival. This recording was will be broadcast now as two programs on Sunday Oct 12th and Oct.19th.
This Donegal themed show created a […]
- RTE’S SUNDAY MISCELLANY COMES ALL THE WAY FROM…….DONEGAL Sunday morning radio will bring the mix of voices and music recorded for RTE's Sunday Miscellany all the way from the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon.
Listeners are in for a miscellany of topics from Rory Gallagher and Patrick MacGill through to "No Pension Plan Blues" all blended […]
- JIM MCGUINNESS TO APPEAR ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW THIS WEEKEND
Jim McGuinness will give his first interview since stepping down as Donegal manager on RTE's Saturday Night Show hosted by Brendan O'Connor.
McGuinness has remained tight lipped following his departure as manager almost a fortnight ago.
McGuinness presided over the most […]
- TOP BROADCASTER BRANDS DONEGAL’S INTERVIEW ON LATE LATE A “DISGRACE” The controversy surrounding the Donegal team’s brief appearance on RTE’s Late Late Show has been reignited by one of Ireland’s top broadcasters.
Well-known and hugely respected former UTV sports commentator Adrian Logan has branded the interview a disgrace.
Logan, affectionately […]
- GLENTIES WIND FARM GROUP CONCERNED BY CLAIMS IN RTE INVESTIGATIONS PROGRAMME
Glenties Wind Farm Information Group (GWIG) have expressed their concerns over the comments made by Councillor John O'Donnell last night in the RTE Investigations programme into Standards in Public Office.
What particularly concerned GWIG - was the claim that O'Donnell could sway […]
- DONEGAL ARTIST TO SUE ‘LOVE/HATE’ TV SHOW A DONEGAL artist is suing the makers of the hit RTE TV series 'Love/Hate' claiming a breach of copyright.
The Dublin gangland crime drama has featured three of Kevin Sharkey's works during the first two series of the drama.
The paintings could be seen hanging in the luxury […]
- REVEALED: ILLEGAL DUMPER HASN’T PAID €12,000 FINE A BINMAN caught on camera illegally dumping in Co Donegal still hasn't paid his €12,000 fine - more than a year after his conviction, a court has heard.
Jim Ferry, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, but originally from Falcarragh, contested 12 charges but was found guilty after a three […]
- ANGRY FRANK McBREARTY WARNS O’DONNELL: ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN COURT’
INDEPENDENT councillor Frank McBrearty has warned Cllr John O'Donnell that he will take him to court over claims made in a secret RTE Investigates programme tape last night.
During the secret recordings in Letterkenny, Cllr O'Donnell told a reporter posing as a Norwegian wind farm […]
- ANGRY DONEGAL MANAGER TURNS ON RTE PUNDITS FOR POKING FUN AT COUNTY DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has rounded on critics of his team - claiming RTE pundits had disrespected his players.
McGuinness described the broadcasting pundits reaction to Donegal's victory over Antrim as "way over the top".
And he was furious by comments made on 'The Sunday […]
- IT COULD BE A WHITE NEW YEAR! SNOW ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS ANOTHER MASSIVE storm could be on the way to Co Donegal early next week - with a huge snowfall at the centre of it.
It will be very mild today, Saturday, with temperatures reaching 13C in some places of Ireland. However it will be very windy with gales and heavy rain showers.
- DONEGAL BOSS SLAMS THOSE WHO LABEL HIM ‘ANTI-FOOTBALL’ Proud Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has slammed those who have labeled him as “anti-football.”
The Donegal defensive display against Dublin was strongly criticised by members of RTE’s commentary team especially former Kerry player Pat Spillane.
Some of the panel even called it […]