| These are Bill O'Herlihy's concluding remarks at the end of the|
programme, reproduced in the Inquiry Report. The claim of
'as many as 500 moneylenders'
was considered inaccurate by the Inquiry Team.
The subsequent report Inquiry into the Programme on Illegal Moneylending was critical of the standards of the programme as summarised in the Irish Times article below (remarkably the Irish Times printed the entire report).
The negative fallout meant that Bill O'Herlily left Current Affairs and was offered a position in the Sport Department in RTE where he was to largely remain for the rest of his journalistic career.
Much commentary since has portrayed the Inquiry as a means of undermining RTÉ current affairs and the 7 Days programme in particular.
'The Inquiry into the Programme on Illegal Moneylending broadcast on television by Radio Telefís Éireann on 11th November, 1969' is available for consultation in the Library as part of the Official Publications collection.
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