The head of RTÉ has said the recent 'Panti-Gate' controversy helped to open an important debate about homophobia in Ireland.
A Fine Gael TD is demanding to know why RTE did not push the option of a "right of reply" in light of legal complaints over the Panti Bliss episode of the Saturday Night Show.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has said he will not interfere in RTÉ's decision to make a settlement of €85,000 in relation to comments made in a discussion on gay rights on The Saturday Night Show.
The Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, has hit out at the notion that people involved in public debate should "reach for the defamation laws" to vindicate their points of view.
Performer Panti Bliss - aka Rory O'Neill - gave an impassioned speech at the Abbey Theatre on Saturday. The clip of 'Panti's Noble Call' has now garnered worldwide attention.