Independent Senator Sharon Keogan has blasted the treatment of RTE stars who apologised for flaunting Covid restrictions at a staff retirement party compared to that meteed out to the politicians and judge who were involved in the infamous ‘Golfgate’ saga.

Speaking in the Seanad today she said that those who demand accountability from others “should equally be held to account”.

“It is impossible to avoid comparison between the RTÉ retirement party we have seen photographs of and the so-called Golfgate,” she said.

“That event generated a media frenzy culminating in high-profile political resignations. Top-paid journalists in RTÉ demanded accountability for those in positions of power or those in the public sphere.

“They subject such people to persistent scrutiny. They point the camera lens and microphone at them, as they should.

“At the same time, however, those who demand accountability from others should equally be held to account. We cannot have one rule for the majority and another for those with such a platform.”