Stephen Hennessy writes:
I liked how these lined up on the Irish Times website yesterday…
At the offices of the Irish Examiner in Cork.
Staff are told they now work for The Irish Times following its purchase of Landmark Media.
Landmark Media’s outlets include The Irish Examiner; Evening Echo and seven regional titles, the Waterford News & Star, the Western People, the Nationalist, the Kildare Nationalist, the Laois Nationalist, the Roscommon Herald and the Naas and Newbridge Nationalist.
It also includes websites Breakingnews.ie, Irishexaminer.com, Recruitireland. com, and 75 per cent of Benchwarmers.ie; and radio station interests, a 75 per cent stake in WLR in Waterford and regional station Beat, and a 17.6 per cent holding in Cork’s Red FM.
The man with the stick (second right) has seen them come and go, of course, since his first break covering the Lusitania sinking.
Pic: Catherine Shanahan
Oscar Shandra-Penhaligon writes:
More Privacy double standards from the double click brigade…Do as I say, not as I do.
Yet again, this is another entirely disingenuous banner headline from the @IrishTimes on the #DisclosuresTribunal . Charleton did not ask ‘why are we here’ in relation to the entire module, just one specific part. Please read the transcripts instead…https://t.co/Obr2pENugp pic.twitter.com/hWFEyP7Lka
— Mick Wallace (@wallacemick) March 9, 2018
Yesterday: Disclosures Tribunal: Anomalies
The latest episode of The Stand with Eamon Dunphy.
Mick Clifford (top) of the Irish Examiner and author of A Force For Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story, discusses the lastest evidence from the Disclosures Tribunal.
RTE have rejected an Irish Times ad for Saturday swim coach George Gibney piece because the word paedophile is used #GeorgeGibney1994
— johnny watterson (@wattersonjohnny) March 1, 2018
From top: George Gibney, RTÉ Montrose; a tweet yesterday from Johnny Watterson
Johnny Watterson was one of the first journalists to write about former Irish swimming coach George Gibney in the 1990s.
Mr Watterson has written a 3,000-word article on Gibney for tomorrow’s Irish Times.
RTÉ has reportedly declined an ad from the newspaper promoting the piece because it used the word ‘paedophile’.
Gibney was charged with 27 counts of indecency against young swimmers and of carnal knowledge of girls under the age of 15 in April, 1993.
He sought and won a controversial High Court judicial review in 1994 which quashed all the charges against him.
After this, Gibney left Ireland for Edinburgh, Scotland and then the US.
Gibney was granted a visa during a visit to the United States in 1992 – seemingly aided by a Garda character reference – a year after people who had been abused by him started to speak up and organise themselves.
In February 1998 the then Sports Minister Jim McDaid appointed Dr Roderick Murphy, SC, to investigate child sex abuse in swimming.
The inquiry was ordered to examine how complaints about Gibney and fellow coach Derry O’Rourke were handled.
In the end 70 witnesses, including 20 victims, 12 parents, seven coaches, and a number of officials from the IASA and individual swimming clubs took part in the inquiry.
And, while neither coach was named in either the terms of reference or the eventual report, the conclusion was certain.
From the report, Dr Murphy stated:
“In light of the charges arising out of the Garda investigation the complainants were vindicated.”
Previously: ‘Time To Bring The Gibney Nightmare To A Close’
US journalist Irvin Muchnick reported:
The president of the board of directors of the American Swimming Coaches Association, Don Heidary, yesterday told this reporter he had never heard of George Gibney and that the controversy surrounding him preceded Heidary’s involvement with ASCA.
At the same time, Heidary did not utilize the opportunity to issue even a ritualized denial of the possibility that ASCA might have helped set up Gibney for employment in America as he was facing allegations of sexual abuse, which would culminate in a 27-count criminal indictment in Ireland.
My email exchange with Heidary follows an essay he wrote for the website SwimVortex under the headline “The Real Culture of American Swimming.”
It began: “Over the past forty years, I have coached in the summer-leagues, at the high school level, and as a proud member of USA Swimming. What I have seen, and have been blessed to be a part of, is a culture that is anything but predatory, abusive, and certainly not profit-driven.”
I noted to Heidary that I believe his own club, Orinda Aquatics in California, was where one of my daughter’s teammates at nearby Bear Swimming migrated in 2008 after the teammate, at 16, was twice raped by Bear head coach Jesse Stovall, who was chaperoning her on a trip to Florida for a national meet.
In 2010 Stovall pleaded down criminal charges so as to avoid prison, and was added to USA Swimming’s banned list.
I wrote Heidary: “Since you are president of the ASCA board, I ask for your assistance in the mystery of who wrote and who brokered the letter offering George Gibney a coaching job in the United States in the early 1990s while he was facing dozens of criminal charges of child sex abuse in Ireland.
“In his opinion, in my recently settled Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Charles R. Breyer took pains to point out that I am someone who ‘suspects that the American Swimming Coaches Association greased the wheels for Gibney’s relocation.’” (And I pointed Heidary to the almost fully redacted copy of Gibney’s job offer letter, which submitted at the time of his 1992 American visa application, here)
“I’m sorry I can’t help with this. Your email is the first I have ever heard that name and I have never heard anything related to this issue. In the early nineties I was coaching a summer-league and high school team in Orinda and not affiliated or involved with USA Swimming or the American Swimming Coaches Association.”
In a follow-up, I said that Heidary was not answering the question I was posing. The question, I persisted, does not concern his personal resume or even his level of knowledge of Gibney — the most notorious at-large sex criminal in global sports history — but rather the historical involvement of ASCA, the organization Heidary leads.
As Concussion Inc.’s coverage through the years has pointed out, ASCA executive director John Leonard told us: “We do not have an organization that deals directly with children, nor is that part of our purpose in any way, shape or form, according to our formative documents from 1958 and thereafter.”
Helping coaches obtain visas is a central part of ASCA’s business model.
Heidary did not respond to the follow-up. This article is being forwarded to the entire ASCA board for further comment.
American Swimming Coaches Association President Doesn’t Deny Possibility of ASCA Involvement in the Coaching Offer to George Gibney That Coincided With His Successful 1992 U.S. Visa Application (Concussion.net)
Today’s Times Ireland edition
In today’s The Times Ireland edition.
Ms Coyne reports:
A drive to cut hospital admissions during the winter flu crisis was among the publicly funded campaigns that local papers were instructed to present as a news story, The Times can reveal.
The HSE was given final approval over journalists’ copy during the initiative, run by Mediaforce, the same agency used by the government for Ireland 2040 and Creative Ireland campaigns.
To create advertorial content, local newspaper journalists were sent to interview staff at a number of HSE injury units. The interview was arranged by the media agency. It is understood that in at least one case, the journalists had been working in-house while others were freelancers.
Mediaforce told journalists that the advertisements should be laid out like a normal news page. Yesterday, The Times revealed that the same firm told editorial staff that advertorials had to look like normal news stories.
Correspondence seen by The Times shows that after journalists wrote the interview it was laid out on the page, often labelled as a “special feature,” and the HSE was allowed to request amendments.
In the Irish Independent…
A British newspaper has denied it is using Facebook data to influence the result of the upcoming abortion referendum.
And the newspaper with a London-based headquarters insisted it used the social media platform to promote its stories to all sides of the abortion debate.
The pro-life side of the abortion campaign has frequently accused ‘The Times, Ireland Edition’ of being biased in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Previously: Propaganda Is Something You Pay For
In today’s Irish Independent.
Pictures from yesterday’s Independent News and Media-organised Brexit Breakfast at Trinity College Dublin…
Including INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (bottom right).
In today’s Irish Times.
Pictures from an Irish Times Live event at the newspaper’s office on Tara Street last night…
Including Fine Gael TDs Ciaran Cannon and Hildegarde Naughton (left) and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan speaking with Irish Times journalist Hugh Linehan.