Three tragic deaths

 Posted by on March 12, 2007  Add comments
Mar 122007
 

The media behaved disgracefully towards poor Tania Corcoran, who died giving birth to twins as did one of the babies. There was absolutely no reason to report that Tania was a member of the Gardai. It was irrelevant. There was no justification for printing headlines like Cop dies giving birth. Jesus, have we lost all sense of decency?

Today, the Garda Commissioner, Noel Conroy, spoke out, condemning the way the press treated the story, and he was right to do so. Nothing was achieved by publishing this information except to increase and compound the family’s grief.

Last week, you might remember, Derek O’Toole was killed when struck by a car containing four off-duty Gardai. Somebody within the police immediately leaked to the papers that the young man was “known to the Gardai” and had a number of previous convictions. These allegations were entirely untrue, and their publication caused immense suffering to Derek’s family.

I didn’t notice Noel Conroy condemning the Gardai who leaked these lies to the papers.

Did you?
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  4 Responses to “Three tragic deaths”

Comments (4)
  1.  

    I agree, Bock. Worse again was the media reporting that her husband was the special unit garda who….. I’m not going to repeat it here.

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    I didn’t notice Noel Conroy make a condemnation either, Bock.

    Although I did hear the Super’ in charge (command) of the Garda Press Office on Today FM’s Last Word. He hit out at the Press for publishing untruths but would not be drawn on where those untruths originated.

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    Also when that lad in dublin was knocked down they said the driver was “under the drink drive limit” meaning he had some drink on him. Come on they were leaving a party at the time.

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    Bock – excellent point as ever. The Sindo raised the issue of her husbands role in the Abbeylara(?) siege. What this had to do with her death is beyond me. Mud raking. Completely unrequired intrusion.

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