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Thursday 16 August 2018

Kenny 'did not know SF tweet was a fake'

BROADCASTER Pat Kenny has said he was never told that The Frontline tweet purporting to be from Sinn Fein was bogus.

The RTE host broke his silence on the Sean Gallagher controversy as Montrose bosses announced a new protocol on social media.

RTE's board has apologised to presidential runner-up Mr Gallagher after Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld a complaint by the ex Dragons' Den star relating to a Twitter message read out on Frontline.

However, Mr Kenny said he was never made aware that the tweet was fake.

"Maybe it was out there in the ether, but I wasn't aware of it. I'd say I was never told."

Mr Gallagher's complaint centred around a fake Twitter message that was read out during the final presidential debate on RTE's The Frontline.

The controversy, days before the election, contributed to a collapse of front-runner Mr Gallagher's vote on polling day.

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