Row over disabled

A DUNDALK man is calling on comedian PJ Gallagher to apologise for his portrayal of the disabled on an episode of RTE’s ‘Meet your Neighbours’.

A DUNDALK man is calling on comedian PJ Gallagher to apologise for his portrayal of the disabled on an episode of RTE’s ‘Meet your Neighbours’.

Brendan Moore from Pearse Park made a written complaint about Mr Gallagher to RTE shortly after the programme aired in November last.

A spokesperson for the Post Polio Support Group in Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, Brendan said he thinks the programme was “in very bad taste”.

He also believes that it discriminated against people in wheelchairs. Mr Moore told The Dundalk Democrat that he was unhappy with RTE’s initial response to his complaint.

“I was told that comedy is very subjective and that PJ Gallagher’s humour tends to be very gentle. RTE also said it was surprised I found some of his portrayals offensive,” said Brendan.

The Dundalk man wasn’t happy with RTE’s response so he contacted Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd who told him that he would make enquiries about the matter.

The following week Brendan received a second letter from RTE which said that RTE regrets he found PJ Gallagher’s sketches offensive.

“It was certainly not the intention of Mr Gallagher or the production team to cause offence.

“A copy of your letter will be forwarded to the production company who were commissioned to make the programme for RTE and to the commissioning editor in RTE responsible for the programme so that they are aware of the sensitivity of any sketch that might offend people with disabilities,” stated RTE.