FORMER RTE pundit George Hook has claimed heads should roll on the station after its Covid-19 images controversy.
A number of prime names have been left red-faced after briefly breaching public well being recommendation throughout a retirement bash for RTE staffer Phil Collins.
RTE now faces calls to sanction these concerned after former broadcaster George Hook claimed expertise now have “no selection” however to resign.
And after information of the occasion broke, celebs together with Bryan Dobson, Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh have been learn the riot act by bosses who have been livid on the temporary lapse in adherence to restrictions.
The incident has despatched shockwaves via the Montrose campus, with employees stated to be livid on the gaffe which they see as undermining their arduous work all through the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘HAULED OVER THE COALS’
An insider final night time informed the Irish Solar: “Administration hit the roof. They have been actually, actually cross and it was a case of, ‘you eejits’. They have been hauled over the coals.”
The high-profile RTE stars hit the headlines after being snapped standing beside their colleague at her low-key retirement do.
The occasion on November 12 befell throughout Stage 5 restrictions, underneath which social gatherings are banned.
Social distancing tips have been noticed, however briefly lapsed as some employees posed for images with their departing colleague.
Information anchors Bryan Dobson, David McCullagh and Eileen Dunne all issued on-air apologies over the incident, whereas Miriam O’Callaghan issued an announcement of apology to this paper.
Now, former RTE rugby pundit George has weighed in, arguing the celebs in query have “no selection” however to resign.
The ex-Newstalk presenter informed the Irish Solar: “It provides me no pleasure to say it, however ‘sorry’ doesn’t go far sufficient, I’m afraid.
“Should you think about Golfgate, Sean O’Rourke dropping his job, the varied individuals who needed to step apart, what’s the distinction right here?
“You’ve gotten among the most well-known faces within the nation seen breaking the principles. On the finish of the day, that’s the state of affairs.
“I’ve nice sympathy and understanding for everybody caught up on this . . . It’s not a query of moralising, however these folks ship us the most recent information and figures, so there’s a accountability there.”
‘DROPPED THE BALL’
In the meantime, a prime well being skilled stated those that breached public well being recommendation had “dropped the ball” very considerably.
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Tomas Ryan, Affiliate Professor in Biochemistry in Trinity Faculty, informed RTE Radio 1: “It’s very regrettable. These sort of pictures don’t assist the general public temper in any respect.
“However everybody concerned appears to have apologised. I’m not going to say it’s a minor factor but it surely’s not the identical as going to a perform or a celebration.”
He added: “I believe the finger wagging and the deal with these incidental occasions just isn’t useful in both path.”