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Dublin Pride terminates media partnership with RTÉ

Dublin Pride terminates media partnership with RTÉ

The organisers of the Dublin Pride festival say they have terminated their media partnership with RTÉ.

The State broadcaster was one of a number of media partners, but has since been removed from the event’s website.

The Dublin Pride march and parade will take place across the capital on Saturday, June 25th.

The organisers say they are “both angered and disappointed” by recent “unacceptable, triggering and extremely harmful anti-trans discussions” on Joe Duffy’s Liveline programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s statement on termination of media partnership with RTÉ. pic.twitter.com/8yfu1rIiQt

— Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride (@DublinPride) June 14, 2022

They add: “As an official media partner of Dublin Pride, but more importantly as Ireland’s national broadcaster, we expect better than for RTÉ to stoke the flames of anti-trans rhetoric.”

“Over the past three years, we have worked together with the national broadcaster to increase positive representation of LGBTQ+ people on TV, radio and online, and to see the good work of so many people undone is saddening in the extreme and negates much of the efforts made to date.

“It breaches trust with our community and causes untold hurt.”

The organisers add: “RTÉ is our national broadcaster. LGBTQ+ people and our allies make up the majority of people in Ireland.

“We are the majority shareholders in RTÉ and we have a right to hold it accountable for its actions.”

They also say they “expect a response on how they [RTÉ] will make amends for this situation and are committed to continuing the fight for equality, fairness and respect for all members of our LGBTQ+ family.”

RTÉ was contacted for comment at the original time of publication.

Main image: RTE headquarters at Donnybrook in Dublin is seen in November 2019. Picture by: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

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