Decided by the Press Ombudsman

Ms Marion Coy and the Galway City Tribune

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Posted on: 04-Dec-2014
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The Galway City Tribune on 12 September 2014 published an article under the headline “Who deleted the President’s emails?” with a sub-heading “Explosive findings as new GMIT probe urged into how evidence was destroyed”.  The report concerned an investigation into how Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) had dealt with accusations of plagiarism by a student.  The Galway City Tribune had received extracts from the report of the investigation and its article was based on these extracts.  The opening paragraph stated “Evidence that was relevant to the external investigation into cheating at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) – and a possible cover up of the incident – has been destroyed”.  The article claimed that emails of the President of the Institute at the time of the alleged cheating, Ms Marion Coy, “had been deleted from the college’s IT system” and that the investigators had made it clear that the deleted emails “might be relevant” to their inquiries.  The article claimed this was just one of a “series of explosive revelations” in the investigators’ report.  Further on in the article it was stated that Ms Marion Coy had “retired suddenly” from her position as President of GMIT.

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Posted on: 10-Oct-2014
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Fr Michael Hussey and the Irish Mail On Sunday

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Posted on: 16-Sep-2014
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The Irish Mail on Sunday on 13 July 2014 published an article under the headline “Priest wants ‘fat mile’ for overweight joggers”.  The article referred to a ‘no doubt tongue-in-cheek missive’ in a parish newsletter that urged councils “to introduce a fat mile to allow overweight people to jog out of public view”.  The views which were described as “humorous musings” were attributed to the parish priest of Castlegregory in Co Kerry, Fr Michael Hussey, though it was acknowledged that the newsletter article had no by-line or name attached.  The Irish Mail on Sunday article quoted extensively the newsletter‘s comments about middle-aged men and women joggers wearing ill-fitting sportswear.  Reference was then made by the Irish Mail on Sunday to another newsletter from the same parish which had described President Michael D Higgins as “king of the Irish fairies” and Queen Elizabeth as “Lizzie”.  The article claimed that Fr Hussey had got into “hot water” over these remarks.  The article was accompanied by a small close-up photograph of Fr Hussey’s face.

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A woman and the Irish Sunday Mirror

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Posted on: 04-Sep-2014
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The Irish Sunday Mirror published an article on four unresolved murders that had taken place in the 1990s.  No one was convicted of any of the murders.  One person was charged with the murder of one of the victims.  The trial collapsed and the accused man was released from custody.  The person accused of murder in that trial died a decade later.  The article was based on an interview with a brother-in-law of the now deceased accused person.  In the article the interviewee claimed that his brother-in-law had killed the four people and that there had been other people involved in the killings. The article reported the name of the woman who was married at the time of the killings to the interviewee and who was a sister of the person accused of the murders.

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Ms Sharon Ní Bheoláin and the Irish Farmers Journal

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Posted on: 20-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman has decided to uphold a complaint by Ms Sharon Ní Bheoláin that an article published in the Irish Farmers Journal on 24 May 2014 about an animal welfare conference she chaired was in breach of Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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Mr Gerry Adams TD and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 20-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold  a complaint by Mr Gerry Adams TD that an article published in the Irish Independent on 14 May 2014 was in breach of Principles 1 (Truth and Accuracy), 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) and 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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Mr Gerry Adams TD and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 20-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman decided to uphold a complaint by Mr Gerry Adams TD that an article in the Irish Independent on 17 May 2014 breached Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines because it had knowingly published matter about the complainant based on an unfounded accusation.    

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Mr Gerry Adams TD and the Sunday Independent

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Posted on: 20-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman has decided to uphold complaints by Mr Gerry Adams TD, that statements in an article about him in the Sunday Independent on 18 May 2014, headlined “Adams tries to gag Independent” were in breach of Principles 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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A Woman and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 19-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman has decided that there is insufficient evidence to allow him make a decision on a complaint  made by a woman that an article about her in the Sunday World on 23 March 2014 was in breach of Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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A Woman and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 19-Aug-2014
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The Press Ombudsman has decided that there is insufficient evidence to allow him make a decision on a complaint made by a woman that an article about her in the Sunday World on 23 March 2014 was in breach of Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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