Cardinal Raymond Burke, recently demoted by Pope Francis from his post in the Vatican, addressed a Conference in Limerick on Saturday, November 15th., on the issue of same sex marriage. This Conference was attended by 200 people and was the subject of a news report on the main Nine O’Clock News on RTE Television on Saturday night. It emerged that RTE were not actually allowed in to film or pick up some sound bites, although Joe Little did manage a twenty second garbled interview with the Cardinal. Most of the footage used seemed to come from the recent Synod in Rome.
Up the road, at the exact same time, in Mary Immaculate College another bishop, Bishop Brendan Leahy, was busy addressing 350 delegates representing all parishes and organisations in his diocese. Bishop Leahy has recently convoked a Diocesan Synod (the first in Ireland since 1955) to help chart the future direction of the Limerick Diocese. The journey began on Saturday and the Synod itself will take place on the 8th., 9th., and 10th. of April 1916.
Was Bishop Leahy interviewed by Joe Little?
Did RTE send Joe and a crew to capture the buzz of excitement in the packed Limetree Theatre in Mary I with their cameras?
Seemingly, RTE don’t do good news stories!