In its handling of the Gerry Ryan cocaine-related death, RTE has provided ample proof to listeners that it is far better at dishing it out than at taking it.
All those "lifelong friends" and work colleagues (Kenny, Tubridy, Byrne, Finucane, Duffy etc) who queued up to pay their tributes and now telling us that they had no idea that Gerry was a drug user?
Given the nature of Gerry's "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" approach it is inconceivable that he didn't drop broad hints to his friends, even if only in a playful manner.
So the next time we have an RTE debate on some cleric/politician/citizen who has worked and/or lived with a child abuser, murderer, fraudster etc etc – let’s hope they remember their own defence in the Ryan Affair and give their target the benefit of the doubt.
Now that would be a change of tack!
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