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'Sensitive issues' RTÉ respond after criticism over Andrew McGinley Late Late show cancellation 

The dad of three was due to appear on the show on October 8th.

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Andrew McGinley with the children (Family handout/PA)

Andrew McGinley with the children (Family handout/PA)

Andrew McGinley with the children (Family handout/PA)

RTÉ have responded to criticism after grieving dad-of-three Andrew McGinley was removed from the Late Late show line-up on October 8th.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the broadcaster said: “We understand the immense grief of Mr McGinley and the sensitivities around this tragedy. RTÉ is obliged to adhere to BAI Codes when dealing with such sensitive issues.”

“RTÉ spoke to Mr McGinley and also wrote to him a number of weeks ago explaining our reasons not to proceed with the planned interview on The Late Late Show on Friday 8th October.”

However, RTE will not comment on the specific details of the correspondence with Andrew.

“We have not commented on the specifics of our contacts with Mr McGinley. We have also respected the confidentiality of the representations we received from other family members. RTÉ gave due consideration to all of this in light of our obligations under the relevant BAI Codes and understand it is extremely sensitive. “

It came as Andrew revealed that he was removed from the show’s bill after the broadcaster received a complaint that said his appearance on the talk show “could be a painful and traumatic experience.”

“I was informed by RTÉ that they had received a letter which said that it could be a painful and traumatic experience to see me talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on the Late Late Show,” Andrew told the Irish Independent.

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Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play

Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play

Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play

"Many people who knew the children well were looking forward to the show, especially many of the kids’ friends who were being allowed to stay up to watch them being talked about with Ryan.”

“I would have been conscious of that but I only speak with love when I talk about Conor, Darragh and Carla.”

Yesterday, Mr McGinley has said that he just wants the world to know about his three children who died at the hands of their mother on January 24th 2020 at their home in Dublin. Deirdre Morley was found not-guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

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Taking to Twitter, Andrew thanked his followers for their messages of support.

“Thanks for your messages. I just want the world to know about Conor, Darragh & Carla.”

In his tweet, the grieving father added a link to a charity raffle in aid of As Darragh Did, a campaign Andrew set up in memory of his son aged seven and defended the potential of appearing on the national talk show.

“Dee is aware of what I’m doing. Her legal team have asked that I do not speak about any medical records not included in the trial. I never will,” he said.

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