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Sex abuse victim support group hit out at 'sick' RTE sketch

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A screen grab from the sketch
A screen grab from the sketch

A support group for victims of sexual abuse in Ireland has slammed a sketch making a joke about incest as 'sick and disgusting'.

Maeve Lewis from One in Four is quoted in the Sun today responding to a sketch that was broadcast on Republic of Telly on RTE 2 on Monday night.

The sketch was a spoof of the famous 1980s Christmas ad 'Coming Home' for ESB with former Glenroe star Mary McEvoy playing the role of the doting mother preparing the family home for the return of her son for the holidays.

However, the ad takes a dark turn at the end when it suggests that the mother is about to get into bed with the son.

The sketch ends with the a message on screen saying 'The Greatest Gift You could give your mother... ..is You. #merryxmas.

However, Lewis believes the ad was both 'sick and disgusting'.

She told the Sun: 'Christmas can be a difficult time for many victims of sex abuse, particularly people who have been abused by family members in their own home.

'This clip actually made me sick and disgusted when I watched it. I can imagine there will be victims of abuse watching this clip and feeling sick.

'It trivialises what is a very traumatic experience for many people.'

Last night RTE defended the sketch, saying they had not received a single complaint.

A spokeswoman told the paper: 'The purpose of this Republic of Telly sketch was to subvert a classic ad for comedy purposes. It featured two grown adults in a playful if somewhat dark, take on the popular 1980s ad. It was not our intention to trivialise a serious subject.'