Senator Darragh O'Brien has said the Minister for Communications should urgently seek a meeting with the Director General of RTÉ to see what editorial procedures were followed before the broadcast of a Prime Time programme in which allegations were made against Fr Kevin Reynolds.

Senator Ivana Bacik told the Seanad it was inappropriate for a Minister for Communications to contact RTÉ as it is an independent broadcaster.

Senator Rónán Mullen, who comes from the Galway parish, asked that 'the relevant managers' in RTÉ come to a Joint Oireachtas Committee to explain how the decision was made to broadcast the programme, and what disciplinary actions will be taken following RTÉ's apology that the allegations against Fr Reynolds were false.

He questioned whether 'an inappropriate bias towards certain categories in our society' had crept into RTÉ.

The Cathaoirleach of the Seanad told the Senators that while RTÉ's apology is in the public domain, the matter is before the courts and is sub judice.

Senators Thomas Byrne, Mark Daly and Darragh O'Brien asked the Cathaoirleach if RTÉ had advised him that the matter was sub judice and should not be discussed.

"It sounds like RTÉ has told you to keep us quiet", Senator Mark Daly.