The Mayo Echo is a vicious, self-important and hypocritical little rag. It’s also free, because nobody would pay money for it.
It recently published this article about gay men in Castlebar, associating them with paedophilia and accusing them of being perverts. This self-appointed moral guardian even saw fit to publish photos of people’s cars, including their registration plates.
What do you think of that?
I heard the paper’s editor, sole writer, newsboy, and in-house bigot on the radio yesterday, trying to explain himself. Tony Geraghty, a puffed-up, self-important bullying gobshite, complained about what he views as “disgusting” activities and threatened to publish more pictures of people who disgust him in the future.
When a local community website, castlebar.ie ran a series of comments on its bulletin board that were critical of Geraghty and the crappy free rag he hands out in the street, what do you think he did?
Yup. He did what every bully does: he threatened them.
Geraghty sent an email threatening legal action, and I’m afraid the volunteers who run this local site decided it wasn’t worth it, so they shut down their operation.
Of course, they should have told him to fuck off, but sometimes, a loudmouth bully can intimidate well-meaning people.
Here’s the mail he sent:
I would like to express my utter disgust at postings placed on your website www.castlebar.ie on the Online Forum section, particularly on the discussion entitles Mayo Echo – Shut That Door dated and timed 15:02:19 27/05/08.
I am completely in favour of the principle of a free press, freedom of expression, and the free exchange of ideas, but with such rights come responsibilities, both legal and moral.
A number of people have contacted me this morning to bring to my attention the discussion on your website www.castlebar.ie . There is lengthy discussion of an article published in the Mayo Echo this week, and some of the comments are completely unacceptable, untrue, and completely defamatory to myself, and to the Mayo Echo publication.
As you already know, I am the editor of the Mayo Echo, and it is common knowledge that I write the articles for our newspaper. I am appalled at the content of the postings on your website, the inaccuracy and untruthfulness of many of them, and I am writing to inform you that I consider many of the postings absolutely defamatory to myself.
On a previous occasion I have raised what were completely unacceptable posting concerning myself on this website, and whilst they were removed, I was given a commitment by a member of the team involved in maintaining this website that a system for tighter monitoring of the postings would be put in place.
I was assured that every post would be considered by a responsible person before it was allowed to be displayed on your website, and I was further told that any post involving the phrase Mayo Echo would be blocked.
Obviously, this has not been put in place, and comments such as:
I do not have time to raise each and every issue of concern with you, as I am eager that the offending postings be removed in the first instance.
I hereby formally call on you to ensure the following:
That the offending postings are removed immediately
That at the first opportunity, a mutually agreed full and unequivocal apology be made to myself, and to the Mayo Echo, admitting that the comments made are unsubstantiated, untrue and are withdrawn forthwith.
I am also seeking any information or data that might identify those persons that contributed these postings, such as time of posting, IP address etc. I am also requesting the identities of the moderators that monitor and vet the postings.
Unless I hear from you satisfactorily by return with an indication that you are prepared to undertake the above, I shall instruct my legal advisors to seek a court injunction against the display of the defamatory material, without further notice.
What a pompous twat.
According to Geraghty himself, he’s completely in favour of the principle of a free press, freedom of expression, and the free exchange of ideas, but with such rights come responsibilities, both legal and moral. Amazing then that he could be oblivious to the consequences of publishing such photos. Amazing that he doesn’t give a flying fuck what sort of attacks he might have provoked as a result of his self-gratifying article.
What kind of gobshite would write this?
Unbeknown to parents who are minding their children playing on the swings or the slide, drooling perverts are getting off whilst watching their children.
Or say things like Innocent teenagers are now being propositioned for sex by older men, and this might lead to sexual attacks in the future?
It seems to me that Geraghty is in favour of a free press and freedom of expression when he himself is doing the expressing. By the sound of it, the writer was getting his own kicks out of this article, possibly writing it with one hand. Maybe we should be asking Mr Geraghty if writing this sort of thing turns him him on. I hope he didn’t write it in public.
You have to love the last bit:
I am also seeking any information or data that might identify those persons that contributed these postings, such as time of posting, IP address etc.
This uninformed fool is demanding that the site’s owners breach the Data Protection Act to satisfy his cravings for retribution and punishment. He’s inciting a crime, the vengeful cretin.
So there you have it. The Mayo Echo published a hate-filled article and when a local website published objections, they were closed down by threats and pompous bluster. Regular readers of this site will know that we’ve been there before with windbag bullies flinging empty legal threats in our direction.
This is the sort of caveman we still have in this country. This is the kind of hypocrisy we have to contend with every day, and which we have an obligation to confront wherever it surfaces. All these smug, judgemental arseholes need to have their bluff called, and need to be exposed for the empty hate-mongers they are.
Here’s what I’d like to see happen.
Geraghty should be prosecuted for incitement to hatred.
His ridiculous free rag should be closed down as an instrument of hatred.
The people who have been maligned should take legal action and seek exemplary damages.
(By the way, the headings of the offending comments are cached here, but I’m not technically advanced enough to retrieve the originals).
If you want to contact Mr Geraghty to express your disgust at him for being a cowardly bully, you can contact him here: