There has been an exciting development in my campaign (see my earlier posts: here, here and here) to persuade RTÃ‰ to make the Prime Time leaders’ debates available online without restriction. I received the following letter from Fianna FÃ¡il (for reasons of accuracy, I have retyped it as it came in (here’s the PDF), including the not uncommon mis-spelling of my name, which I will forgive as I welcome the rest of it!):
Dr. Eoin O’Neill
School of Law
14th May 2007
Dear Dr. O’Neill,
I refer to your letter to An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern TD, who has asked me to reply directly to you on his behalf.
Fianna FÃ¡il would be in full agreement that the Leaders debate should be accessible to as wide an audience as possible. It is a crucial part of the General Election campaign and for many people plays a key role deciding their voting intentions.
We fully support your proposal and will make our views in this regard known to RTE.
Special Advisor to An Taoiseach
It’s still not too late for the other party leaders to come on board or for RTÃ‰ to change their minds. So, come on guys, how about it?
Bonus links: (i) Larry Lessig’s most recent post about his similar campaign in the US (which inspired mine); (ii) Wednesday’s Prime Time debate from RTÃ‰’s website; (iii) Thursday’s Prime Time debate from RTÃ‰’s website – the debates are available on their website, but is a pity we can’t legally share and reuse them online without fear of infringing RTÃ‰’s copyright.