Meanwhile, At The Employment Appeals Tribunal




From top: Gemma O’Doherty and solicitor Paul Tweed this morning and the statement from Independent News and Media.

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty has settled her action against Independent Newspapers at the Employment Appeals Tribunal this morning following an undisclosed settlement and apology from INM above.

Ms O’Doherty was fired from the irish Independent after doorstepping then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Previously: Gemma O’Doherty on Broadsheet




Statement from Gemma O’Doherty this morning.

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29 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At The Employment Appeals Tribunal

  1. Gerard Murphy

    Must be some amount of dirty linen down at the SINDO & a dreadful fear of it being washed in public……well done Gemma

  2. Mr. T.

    A great vindication of her excellent work. All journalists should follow her example and have the guts to stand up to vested interests and editors who are lap dogs of billionaires.

      1. Alan

        I’m _guessing_ both will be 6-figure sums… but it won’t make up the stress of getting fired for doing the right thing – will INM publish this apology too?

    1. Kieran NYC

      They usually do.

      That’s why I hate settlements like this. Wish she would have taken it all the way and aired the dirty laundry.

      1. Sancho

        I don’t disagree but to be fair- this is quite obviously a total and complete capitulation on the part of INM. To settle, pay all her legal fees and say that she was an excellent journalist who did great work is a complete admission by INM that they were 110% in the wrong. Really, all they’ve achieved is minimizing her legal fees going forward by not letting her incur any more (i.e. by stopping things and holding their hands up). Very, very embarrassing for them. Their unqualified apology, settlement and payment of fees is an absolute admission that they know they would have lost if it continued. Good for her.

        1. funman

          I think they have succeeded in shutting her up a bit, i reckon she had a lot more to reveal about the cosy relationship between AGS and INM, the indo being largely a PR outlet for the guards.

  3. Lilly

    Fantastic news! Great that abusive employers don’t get to ride roughshod over employees but are actually called to account.

      1. JimmytheHead

        you could always ring employee welfare, they usually come in and do an inspection. if anything it’ll put the sh!ts up your boss :-) citizens information are very helpful too

  4. Drogg

    I am glad Gemma won but why take the settlement and not drag INM to court in public so everyone can see what they are really like?

    1. ivan

      Guarantee of cold hard cash today (ish) if she settled.

      Guarantee of drawn out proceedings if she didn’t. Whilst INM most likely had stuff to hide, they probably also had deeper pockets to keep a trial going with a load of procedural stuff that Gemma mightn’t have had the cash to do. Also, there’s no guarantee that the damages from the court case would be higher than what she was offered today.

      In an ideal world, if she knew (100%) her legal costs weren’t going to be a problem, it might have been worth going the whole hog, but ’tis no ideal world we live in.

      1. Lilly

        I hope one of her settlement conditions was that they publish the apology in their newspaper. Readers deserve to know what toe rags they are supporting.

  5. Retail Hell

    INM sack Gemma O Doherty, and keep employing Niamh Horan??
    They wonder why readership & sales are dropping??

      1. funman

        Im sure if Niamh had discovered those pulse records her first reaction would have been “Green? A Green Megane?? Are you serious???” Followed by a sexual euphemism.

  6. downtowntrain

    A well deserved Christmas present! Given INM’s debt restructuring, is this effectively taxpayers money?

  7. Truth in the News

    There needs now to be a comprehensive investigation into Independent Newspapers as to how it maniuplated news and public opinion for years
    Gemma O’Doherty is only the tip of the iceberg and indeed the
    name of the rag need to renamed the “Dependent” given its current
    finanancial position, as to having the Goverment taking action…nil
    but the people can, by “boycotting” everything connected with INM
    Gemma O’Doherty is to be congratulated on her stance, she took
    into the public domain the information that brought down a Commissioner
    and his boss the Minister for Justice and will take others in due course.
    Then there is the silence of the rest of media in this little Republic, it took
    the Guardian to air it initially….what else is being covered up…..can certain
    sections of the Irish Media be Trusted… NO
    The treatment of Joe McAnthony needs attention too….remember him…?

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