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RTE receive over 200 complaints about map leaving out Northern Ireland

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Irish state broadcaster RTE has received more than 200 complaints about a map showing the island of Ireland with Northern Ireland cut out.

The image was used for illustration purposes during a segment on RTE One's flagship programme The Late Late Show during a segment about poverty and health in the Republic, where Dr Eva Orsmond was speaking about cancer risks for people living in deprived areas.

In a statement, RTE has confirmed that it received 203 complaints in relation to the data map, and said: "RTÉ will respond to these complaints within 20 days, in keeping with RTE complaints procedure established under the Broadcasting Act 2009."

In addition to the complaints that it received, the RTE Information Office - which is in place to answer general questions about programming and services - was contacted by 33 viewers who gave negative feedback.

Following the broadcast of the segment on Friday viewers took to social media to hit out at the broadcaster for omitting Northern Ireland's six counties.

Sinn Fein's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald tweeted on Saturday: "What is this all about? Who took it upon themselves to mutilate the map of Ireland. And why?"

DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr tweeted an image of the map with the caption: "Republic of Ireland world view ! Thank you RTE!"

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