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'Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin condemned the "outrageous" footage'

'Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin condemned the "outrageous" footage'

'Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin condemned the "outrageous" footage'

A satirical clip broadcast on RTÉ's New Year's Eve Countdown show has generated 3,500 emails and 1,250 calls since airing last Thursday night.

Many viewers were not impressed with the Waterford Whispers News sketch, which showed 'God' being led away by gardaí for "sexual harassment" offences.

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The mock news clip features former RTÉ news anchor Aengus Mac Grianna reporting that "God has become the latest figure to be implicated in an ongoing sexual harassment scandal".

The clip received more than 600 complaints within 24 hours of airing, and RTÉ has since revealed that the number has rocketed.

"Since Friday, RTÉ has received approximately 3,500 emails and 1,250 calls regarding the Waterford Whispers sketch segment in the RTÉ One New Year's Eve Countdown programme," the broadcaster said in a statement.

"This takes into account emails to RTÉ's Complaints and Information Offices and calls to RTÉ's Information Office and to RTE's reception."

The Catholic Church spoke out about the controversial skit, describing it as "blasphemous", while Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin condemned the "outrageous" footage.

"To broadcast such a deeply offensive clip about God and Our Blessed Mother during the Christmas season on RTÉ and on the eve of the Solemn Feast of Mary, Mother of God, is insulting to all Catholics and Christians," he said.

Despite apologising for the skit in a statement on Saturday, RTÉ has since indicated that it will not remove the clip from the Player.


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