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Kitty Holland, of The Irish Times; Denis O’Brien, owner of Communicorp

Last night.

At the Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Further to Denis O’Brien-owned Communicorp – which includes Newstalk and Today FM – banning all Irish Times journalists from the group’s radio stations…

…Following the newspaper’s columnist Fintan O’Toole saying he would no longer go on Newstalk in the wake of George Hook’s comments about rape…

… Kitty Holland, who is the Social Affairs Correspondent at The Irish Times, “confronted” Mr O’Brien about the ban…

Fair play. In fairness.

Thanks Sandra

George Hook

This morning.

In the Times of Ireland.

Lise Hand writes:

The controversy over comments about rape made on Friday by the Newstalk presenter George Hook took an unexpected turn yesterday when the station began a fightback against its critics.

The radio station has decided not to use any contributors from The Irish Times in response to an article by the newspaper’s columnist Fintan O’Toole. On Tuesday O’Toole wrote that he would not appear on Newstalk again, describing it as “flagrantly sexist”.

Although there was no official statement to The Irish Times from the Communicorp-owned station, the ban was acknowledged by a source at the paper and Newstalk producers have been informed. A spokeswoman for the station could not be reached for comment.

Newstalk retaliates in rape row with ban on Hook critics (The Times of Ireland)


In The Irish Times

Kitty Holland writes:

Views, behaviours and individuals that contravened the moral hegemony of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Catholic Ireland were publicly shamed, silenced and cast out by the thought police of the time. Abhorrent views were censured, stymieing intellectual and social development for decades.

Ireland is, thankfully, a different place now. Some would say our treatment of women has changed radically, but have our underlying social and political attitudes changed so much?

Today’s thought police see themselves as very different to those of 70 years ago. Their agenda is freedom and safety for women and girls.

However, the abhorrent and deeply damaging views of women and girls, articulated by Hook, teenage boys, and our Constitution alike, must be heard. They must be challenged. They must be changed. Simply silencing them will not achieve the safe, free world we want for our daughters.

George Hook should be challenged, not silenced (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)


Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland and United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly will speak at an event called Fighting for Abortion Rights: The Case for Repealing the 8th Amendment.

Among a number of LEFTIE talks at the Resistance Student festival, from 11am to 1pm at Trinity College Dublin organised by the patently sinister Socialist Worker Student Society.


Clare Daly and Kitty Holland: ‘Fighting for Abortion Rights: The Case for Repealing the 8th Amendment’ (National Women’s Council of Ireland)

Socialist Worker Student Society (Facebook)




Irish Times journalist and author Kitty Holland was honoured for her contribution to arts and culture as one of Ireland’s Top 25 most powerful women at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel tonight.

Ireland’s women executives honoured at WXN awards (Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times)

9031880490318811903188139031880790318817The launch of Kitty Holland’s  book ‘Savita – The Tragedy That Shook A Nation‘ at Dubray Books, Grafton Street, Dublin last night.

Kitty, the daughter of the late journalist Mary Holland and Eamonn McCann, broke the story of the death of Savita Halappanavar just over a year ago in the Irish Times.

From top: (l-r) Mary O’Rourke, Kitty Holland, Kitty’s daughter Rosie and Eamonn McCann; Eamonn McCann, Mannix Flynn and Vincent Browne; Mary O’Rourke and Vincent Browne; Eamonn McCann and Nell McCafferty and Kitty Holland.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)


Andaneppa Yalagi, father of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist who died in Ireland a year ago after being denied abortion, attributed credit to the media for the movement against the anti-abortion law that took place in Ireland and rest of the world.

He was speaking at a function to mark the first death anniversary of Savita Halappanavar, organized at the Prajapita Brahmakumaris’ Centre in Mahantesh Nagar . Andaneppa lauded Kitty Holland, a senior journalist with the Irish Times, who broke the news of Savita’s death.

He showed the book, ‘Savita – The Tragedy That Shook The Nation’, to the audience, written by Kitty Holland, which he received from the writer a week ago. He said the 300-page book has covered all major developments that took place after Savita’s death. “It highlights the complexities of the judiciary, church, parliament as well as the action and inaction by the citizens of Ireland,” he said.


Religious restrictions killed my daughter: Savita’s dad (Times of India)

ConcernedSub writes:

Kitty Holland (above) who broke the Savita story in the Irish Times, described how she came upon the story in yesterday’s Observer. Fair play. No mention is made of any other journalist. I was wondering if any of your readers know why Kitty had to share a by-line with a senior male editor in her original piece? My irony meter is a little low this afternoon.