Noonan criticises RTÉ for coverage of Children's Referendum debate

Wednesday 26 September 2012 16.45
Michael Noonan is unhappy with the coverage given to the debate
Michael Noonan is unhappy with the coverage given to the debate

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has criticised RTÉ for not giving enough coverage to the Dáil debate on the legislation providing for the Children's Referendum.

Minister Noonan said: "RTÉ have a responsibility not only to cover conflict, but also to explain what the intention is."

He said he did not believe that broadcasters had to "put a stopwatch" on debate and have a 50-50 balance between either side.

Mr Noonan said he did not believe Supreme Court judgments applied to news coverage of Dáil debates.

The minister also called on the churches to make a clear statement of support for the referendum in the coming days.

The referendum takes place on Saturday 10 November.