Trinity College Dublin
The University Times reports:
[Trinity] College is investigating offensive comments made in a class last week by a new intellectual property law lecturer, Brendan Guildea.
…Speaking to The University Times, Guildea said: “I’m reserving my reply.”
…A Muslim student, who was wearing a headscarf, was asked to name a book Guildea was holding. When they failed to identify the book, Guildea suggested that someone Irish might know the answer. The student was born in Dublin.
Guildea also asked that student whether anyone had ever interfered with their bags before travelling.
From top: Cover of Wednesday’s Irish Independent and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Further to last night’s statement from former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey following his resignation as the party’s director of elections.
Gardaí are investigating how information in relation to the investigation of a former minister for alleged child abuse became public.
A chief superintendent has been appointed to carry out the investigation.
Garda Headquarters has confirmed that all the circumstances surrounding the disclosure of information in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation are being examined.
…It is the third such investigation into the disclosure of information that has appeared in the media that has been ordered by the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.
Inter-departmental report into mother and baby homes finds evidence the remains of 474 children were used for medical examinations #ntfm
— Newstalk 106-108fm (@NewstalkFM) July 16, 2014
The report is available as a PDF here.
Meanwhile, in Alive
— Esther Ní Dhonnacha (@hextrovert) July 16, 2014
The High Court has extended for another year the investigation by the Director of Corporate Enforcement into the 2008 collapse of Anglo Irish Bank.
Criminal trials arising from the inquiry to date also appear unlikely to open until late this year and may not start until next year.
The director had sought a three-year extension of orders allowing retention of documents seized from the bank for the investigation, which began four years ago.
The extension was sought to complete the probe and facilitate what the Director of Public Prosecutions anticipates will be lengthy criminal trials arising from some of the matters being investigated.
It’ll run and run.
Just like they wish they could.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
A WELL-known journalist is at the centre of a shocking child sex investigation.The best-selling author, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl member of a Dublin GAA club.
It’s understood she’s known the journalist since she was just 14. A Garda investigation was launched two weeks ago after the writer’s daughter allegedly found sexually-explicit text messages he’d sent to the girl on an old mobile phone.
The daughter made the discovery when she put a sim card in and found the sordid texts. The journalist had given the phone to the teen who was collecting them to donate to a charity.
She showed the messages to her mother, who then took the phone to gardai.
On being found out, the journalist allegedly tried to take his own life. He’s now receiving medical care.
The Garda Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit has been called in, and officers are planning to interview other members of the girl’s GAA club. The standard practice in such cases is to discover if other children have been in contact with or were abused by an alleged perpetrator.