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On 12 October, there was another TV debate on RTÉ, this time on the ''Prime Time'' programme, with the seven candidates and [[Miriam O'Callaghan]] as moderator.<ref name=RTE_Debate_12_Oct>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1012/president_primetime.html|title=Miriam O'Callaghan ready for 'challenge'|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1012/breaking62.html|title=Candidates in presidency debate|work=[[The Irish Times]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref> The debate, lasting 90 minutes, took place on a Wednesday night, though ''Prime Time'' usually aired on a Tuesday and Thursday, and was announced a week in advance.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-election/prime-time-to-stage-midrace-debate-2896211.html|title='Prime Time' to stage mid-race debate|work=[[Irish Independent]]|date=5 October 2011}}</ref> [[Dana Rosemary Scallon]] read out a prepared statement towards the end of the debate, announcing that a "malicious" and "false" accusation has been made against her and her family in the United States and, while refusing to divulge any details, she said she would leave "no stone unturned" in her mission to track down the person or organisation responsible.<ref name=RTE_Debate_Live_12_Oct>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1012/president_tracker.html|title=Live - Prime Time Debate: 2247|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ojcweykfcwql/|title=Dana criticises "vile and false" accusation against member of her family|work=[[Irish Examiner]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref> Scallon was visibly upset and was comforted by other candidates.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15286799|title=Presidential hopeful Dana comforted after 'vile' claim|work=BBC News|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> She met with her lawyers the next day.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thejournal.ie/dana-meeting-with-legal-team-over-unknown-allegations-253121-Oct2011/|title=Dana meeting with legal team over unknown allegations|work=The Journal|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> David Norris expressed sorrow for Scallon and comforted her, later saying that he too had been libelled by the media and was pursuing the matter.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1013/president.html|title=David Norris 'sorry' for Dana after statement|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> Scallon told [[TV3 News]] on 14 October that a freelance journalist had told her the allegations would appear through the media.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15314163|title=Dana rejects allegations made against relative|work=[[BBC News]]|date=14 October 2011}}</ref> Miriam O'Callaghan's treatment of Martin McGuinness resulted in more than 100 complaints to RTÉ.<ref>[http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/1014/1224305758229.html "RTÉ treatment of McGuinness generates over 100 complaints"]. ''Irish Times''. 14 October 2011.</ref>
 
On 12 October, there was another TV debate on RTÉ, this time on the ''Prime Time'' programme, with the seven candidates and [[Miriam O'Callaghan]] as moderator.<ref name=RTE_Debate_12_Oct>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1012/president_primetime.html|title=Miriam O'Callaghan ready for 'challenge'|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1012/breaking62.html|title=Candidates in presidency debate|work=[[The Irish Times]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref> The debate, lasting 90 minutes, took place on a Wednesday night, though ''Prime Time'' usually aired on a Tuesday and Thursday, and was announced a week in advance.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-election/prime-time-to-stage-midrace-debate-2896211.html|title='Prime Time' to stage mid-race debate|work=[[Irish Independent]]|date=5 October 2011}}</ref> [[Dana Rosemary Scallon]] read out a prepared statement towards the end of the debate, announcing that a "malicious" and "false" accusation has been made against her and her family in the United States and, while refusing to divulge any details, she said she would leave "no stone unturned" in her mission to track down the person or organisation responsible.<ref name=RTE_Debate_Live_12_Oct>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1012/president_tracker.html|title=Live - Prime Time Debate: 2247|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ojcweykfcwql/|title=Dana criticises "vile and false" accusation against member of her family|work=[[Irish Examiner]]|date=12 October 2011}}</ref> Scallon was visibly upset and was comforted by other candidates.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15286799|title=Presidential hopeful Dana comforted after 'vile' claim|work=BBC News|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> She met with her lawyers the next day.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thejournal.ie/dana-meeting-with-legal-team-over-unknown-allegations-253121-Oct2011/|title=Dana meeting with legal team over unknown allegations|work=The Journal|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> David Norris expressed sorrow for Scallon and comforted her, later saying that he too had been libelled by the media and was pursuing the matter.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1013/president.html|title=David Norris 'sorry' for Dana after statement|work=[[RTÉ News]]|date=13 October 2011}}</ref> Scallon told [[TV3 News]] on 14 October that a freelance journalist had told her the allegations would appear through the media.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15314163|title=Dana rejects allegations made against relative|work=[[BBC News]]|date=14 October 2011}}</ref> Miriam O'Callaghan's treatment of Martin McGuinness resulted in more than 100 complaints to RTÉ.<ref>[http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/1014/1224305758229.html "RTÉ treatment of McGuinness generates over 100 complaints"]. ''Irish Times''. 14 October 2011.</ref>
   
Gallagher's campaign suffered a severe setback on 24 October when, in the last televised debate before the election, he admitted collecting a €5,000 cheque from someone he described as a "convicted criminal and fuel smuggler", for a Fianna Fáil fundraiser event which gave access to the then Taoiseach, [[Brian Cowen]] after being questioned on the matter by Martin McGuinness.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1025/breaking7.html|title=Businessman says Gallagher collected €5,000 cheque |date=25 October 2011|work=The Irish TImes|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1025/president.html|title=Hugh Morgan says he handed cheque to Gallagher |date=25 October 2011|work=RTÉ|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref> Gallagher had been the frontrunner in an opinion poll at this point.<ref>McDonald, Henry. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/24/sean-gallagher-irish-presidential-debate?newsfeed=true "Seán Gallagher is frontrunner in Irish presidential race before final TV debate"]. ''The Guardian''. 24 October 2011.</ref> The donation was later revealed to be from businessman Hugh Morgan. Gallagher subsequently denied collecting a cheque from Morgan, but refused to answer questions on an illegal director's loan of €82,829, which had also been raised in the 24 October televised debate.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1026/breaking3.html|title=Gallagher tries to put Áras campaign back on course|date=25 October 2011|work=The Irish Times|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref> After this performance Gallagher's campaign was compared to [[Devon Loch]]'s fall at the winning post in the [[1956 Grand National]].<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15481482 "Surprises still possible in Irish presidential election"]. BBC News. 27 October 2011.</ref> He was reported to have been left "shell-shocked" afterwards.<ref>McKittrick, David. [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/storm-envelops-favourite-in-irish-presidential-race-2376411.html "Storm envelops favourite in Irish presidential race: Row over €5,000 Fianna Fail donation may dash businessman's chances of victory in today's vote"]. ''The Independent''. 27 October 2011.</ref> Gallagher cancelled his planned meet-the-people visits the following day so that he could tour broadcasters and attempt to explain his behaviour.<ref>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/8850875/Dirty-tricks-row-dominates-Irish-presidential-race-as-voters-head-to-polls.html "'Dirty tricks' row dominates Irish presidential race as voters head to polls"]. ''The Daily Telegraph''. 27 October 2011.</ref> On 7 March 2012, the [[Broadcasting Authority of Ireland]] upheld a complaint against RTÉ relating to the broadcasting of the tweet that derailed Gallagher's presidential campaign.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0307/gallaghers.html|title=BAI upholds complaint against Frontline tweet|work=RTÉ News|publisher=Raidió Teilifís Éireann|date=7 March 2012|accessdate=7 March 2012}}</ref>
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Gallagher's campaign suffered a severe setback on 24 October when, in the last televised debate before the election, he admitted collecting a €5,000 cheque from someone he described as a "convicted criminal and fuel smuggler", for a Fianna Fáil fundraiser event which gave access to the then Taoiseach, [[Brian Cowen]] after being questioned on the matter by Martin McGuinness.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1025/breaking7.html|title=Businessman says Gallagher collected €5,000 cheque |date=25 October 2011|work=The Irish TImes|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1025/president.html|title=Hugh Morgan says he handed cheque to Gallagher |date=25 October 2011|work=RTÉ|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref> Gallagher had been the frontrunner in an opinion poll at this point.<ref>McDonald, Henry. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/24/sean-gallagher-irish-presidential-debate?newsfeed=true "Seán Gallagher is frontrunner in Irish presidential race before final TV debate"]. ''The Guardian''. 24 October 2011.</ref> The donation was later revealed to be from businessman Hugh Morgan. Gallagher subsequently denied collecting a cheque from Morgan, but refused to answer questions on an illegal director's loan of €82,829, which had also been raised in the 24 October televised debate.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1026/breaking3.html|title=Gallagher tries to put Áras campaign back on course|date=25 October 2011|work=The Irish Times|accessdate=25 October 2011}}</ref> After this performance Gallagher's campaign was compared to [[Devon Loch]]'s fall at the winning post in the [[1956 Grand National]].<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15481482 "Surprises still possible in Irish presidential election"]. BBC News. 27 October 2011.</ref> He was reported to have been left "shell-shocked" afterwards.<ref>McKittrick, David. [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/storm-envelops-favourite-in-irish-presidential-race-2376411.html "Storm envelops favourite in Irish presidential race: Row over €5,000 Fianna Fail donation may dash businessman's chances of victory in today's vote"]. ''The Independent''. 27 October 2011.</ref> Gallagher cancelled his planned meet-the-people visits the following day so that he could tour broadcasters and attempt to explain his behaviour.<ref>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/8850875/Dirty-tricks-row-dominates-Irish-presidential-race-as-voters-head-to-polls.html "'Dirty tricks' row dominates Irish presidential race as voters head to polls"]. ''The Daily Telegraph''. 27 October 2011.</ref> On 7 March 2012, the [[Broadcasting Authority of Ireland]] (BAI) upheld a complaint against RTÉ relating to the broadcasting of the tweet that derailed Gallagher's presidential campaign.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0307/gallaghers.html|title=BAI upholds complaint against Frontline tweet|work=RTÉ News|publisher=Raidió Teilifís Éireann|date=7 March 2012|accessdate=7 March 2012}}</ref>
   
 
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