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Tyrone will not work with RTE, says board

By John Campbell

The ongoing impasse between the Tyrone management and players and RTE is set to continue.

While the Red Hands focus on tonight’s showdown with Dublin at Croke Park, a county board statement confirms that “a lack of sensitivity” shown towards Mickey Harte’s family and his late daughter Michaela's husband John McAreavey during a morning radio interview has led to them withdrawing co-operation with the national broadcaster.

Earlier in the championship season, Harte was to the fore when a number of county managers wrote to RTE about their concerns over the lack of match commentary opportunities which Brian Carthy, who was viewed as the natural successor to the now retired Micheal O Muirheartaigh, was being offered.

Harte was interviewed on RTE Radio about the issue, and part of that interview was then used during a comedy sketch on the ‘John Murray Show’, which has caused grave offence within Tyrone.

Part of the Tyrone board statement read: “Inappropriate references to the fact that Mickey Harte was associated with the Dali Lama conference in Limerick and the choice of the song ‘Pretty Little Girl from Omagh’ will give you an indication of the complete lack of sensitivity the presenter in question showed to the Harte family and Michaela's husband John McAreavey, in what remains for them a very difficult time.”

An RTE statement said: “The sincere regret of RTE was immediately and personally communicated to Mr Harte by RTE management following the programme in question.”

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