RTÉ and a lot of journalists left when it was Kevin Sharkey's turn to speak at Carlow meeting on presidential hopefuls

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RTÉ and a lot of journalists left when it was Kevin Sharkey's turn to speak at Carlow meeting on presidential hopefuls



Cllr John Cassin (SF) told KCLR radio that of the four candidates seeking the presidential nomination in Carlow on August 15th, he thought Kevin Sharkey was the most interesting and 'catching' speaker.

However, he got the impression that the mainstream media were more attentive to other candidates like businessman Gavin Duffy, one of the stars of RTÉ's Dragon's Den, and mental health campaigner Joan Freeman who were also described as "the two front-runners" in an Irish Times' report about the event. Galway man, Patrick Feeney was the fourth candidate seeking the Carlow council nomination on the day.

Each candidate was given 15 minutes to make a presentation to councillors and this will be followed by a 15-minute question and answer session for each candidate.

Cllr Cassin, who has a vote in the nomination said of Kevin Sharkey that “he probably was the best speaker and the most interesting and the most catching” and that he also covered a broad range of topics.

Despite that, he said, "It was a funny kind of a set-up. The media were more interested in Joan Freeman and Gavin Duffy than they were the other two candidates which I suppose, that'll tell you its own story.

“RTÉ left and a lot of the other journalists left, where as when the others were speaking [Duffy and Freeman], there was photos, cameramen in their face and stuff like that where as with the other two [Sharkey and Feeney], they didn't seem to be as much in their face taking photos and stuff like that. It's not a criticism of the media but they all seem to be following—”

KCLR Live host Eimear Ní Bhraonáin interjected to finish his sentence “— those who already have a profile or serious contenders (in inverted commas). I'm not saying that, but you know yourself. That's what people will say.”

Cllr Cassin replied “That's the perception that's given and in that sense, it's a little bit unfair because that gives people a kind of pre-conceived idea that these people are probably the best people for the job.”

At the meeting, Gavin Duffy said his presidency would be founded on “five pillars of Youth, Age, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect and The Economy.” Joan Freeman said she would focus on and promote issues in the way Mary McAleese spoke of building-bridges and Mary Robinson looked to the dispossessed. Kevin Sharkey has said he thinks Irish people should be prioritised in Ireland and wants an end to open borders.

The program was broadcast on KCLR Live: Thursday, August 16 2018 (after about 22 minutes in)

 
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We probably have the most pathetic, superficial, shallow media in the Western world. All they're interested in is superficial nonsense. Fair play to Sharkey for raising immigration.
 
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The entire Irish media's problem with Kevin Sharkey is a racist one - because he is in favour of sensible immigration policy, they would normally scream "RACIST" at him at every opportunity, but because he is black, they are afraid to. It is even worse in that, their usual alternative would be to bring up any past indiscretions, but since he is pretty much an open book who has been public about his many problems, that form of attack is rendered obsolete too. All they are left with is to ignore him. He will find it very, very difficult to get media coverage.
 

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Maybe Kevin should start screaming Racist to RTE?

It was inevitable, as soon as Kevin showed a pro-Irish vibe the powers that be turned against him. To them, he is the worst type there is, someone who is black and pro Irish and wants controlled immigration to preserve Irish Culture. He is worse than racist white paddy to those in Donnybrook and elsewhere.
 
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RTE are vile racist haters, lol no, sadly they're not, just a bunch of sick cucks, like this wretch "Gavin Duffy said his presidency would be founded on “five pillars of Youth, Age, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect and The Economy.” What does this verbal sewage mean?
 
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RTE are vile racist haters, lol no, sadly they're not, just a bunch of sick cucks, like this wretch "Gavin Duffy said his presidency would be founded on “five pillars of Youth, Age, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect and The Economy.” What does this verbal sewage mean?
It means "Don't vote for the black fella, he's a WACIST!"
 

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Hopefully the media will handle it like the media in the U.S.A. did and it will blow up in their faces. The fourth estate they are not, more of an extension of the government.

When he becomes popular as a candidate the media will start picking at him and his past, he should stay honest and upright and talk directly to his base as Trump did and he,s in with a shout.
 

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RTE are vile racist haters, lol no, sadly they're not, just a bunch of sick cucks, like this wretch "Gavin Duffy said his presidency would be founded on “five pillars of Youth, Age, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect and The Economy.” What does this verbal sewage mean?
Maybe its based on the five pillars of islam.
 
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The idea is to stop Kevin being given a platform, similar things happen all the time with the establishment. Its all about Control, they tried the same with UKIP all those years ago and look what happened.

Ireland needs Kevin, we need the questions he, put to a public platform and those in charge be made to answer for their crimes against Ireland.

I really hope he gets a chance to run in this race, I can only imagine the panic on RTE and other media when he has a national platform to say what we all know is wrong with the country.
 

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Sadly for Kevin, I don't think he will get the chance he deserves.

He would have been better to have kept his mouth closed, talked about integration for migrants in Ireland and then he would have been guaranteed to be given a chance to run in the presidential race. Once he had the platform he could have turned and spoke about the real issues.
 
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Sadly for Kevin, I don't think he will get the chance he deserves.

He would have been better to have kept his mouth closed, talked about integration for migrants in Ireland and then he would have been guaranteed to be given a chance to run in the presidential race. Once he had the platform he could have turned and spoke about the real issues.
Imagine the media response to him if he was promoting open borders? RTE would have him on every second show, the Irish Times would devote acres of copy to him, and the "Ireland" twitter account would probably have him as a permanent resident. Una Mullally would opine that voting for anyone other than Kevin means you are a racist, Graham Linehan would be sticking it to all the white Irish and telling us out time is up, and Fintan O'Toole would lecture us on how the future of Ireland is finally looking up. He would be a media darling "look, a successful black Irish person, gaze upon him in wonder, isn't he so much better than you pasty-faced inbreds" - instead, because he promotes a normal, sensible immigration policy, he is, literally and figuratively, blacklisted.
 
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