RTÉ has apologised to businessman Sean Gallagher over a tweet read out during a live presidential debate in October 2011.
The state broadcaster has also agreed to pay him substantial undisclosed damages which arose out of the ‘Tweetgate’ incident.
The former Presidential candidate claimed that RTÉ acted unfairly and did not verify the accuracy of a tweet – that came from an unofficial account purporting to be connected to Martin McGuinness.
Today, RTÉ issued an apology acknowledging that it made a mistake broadcasting an unverified tweet on the Frontline programme and also admitted to failing to comply with its duties under the Broadcasting Act.
It added that it should have immediately corrected the statement once it realised it was not from Mr. McGuinness’ account and that it failed to provide subsequent clarification on the matter.
Details of the amount paid today to Sean Gallagher have not been disclosed and the former Dragons Den star was not in court for today’s apology.
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