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Peter Robinson, keeping the press accountable – Caption Competition

Tue 26 November 2013, 10:38am
Peter Robinson - 'Kittens', Brian John Spencer

Tweet Never mind the “unpleasant odour” rising from Northern Ireland’s libel law (and the urge to censor), there’s something a little stinky coming from Peter Robinson’s call for the media to show more support for Stormont. As Orwell said, “journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” Surely […] more »

Is Sinn Fein really planning to appeal its libel case or just stalling on the pay out?

Tue 18 December 2012, 11:51am

Tweet One of the privileges of having access to lots of money is that you can safely set aside all legal good sense and go for broke. The problem with the idea that the party might appeal a jury verdict from a jury they insisted on having against the judge’s better counsel is that it […] more »

Why did Sinn Fein feel compelled to invent ‘malicious’ untruths about Declan Gormley?

Mon 17 December 2012, 11:43am

Tweet This morning in the High Court, both Sinn Fein’s and Declan Gormley’s counsels will be making their cases on the figure in damages to be reached by the jury in Sinn Fein malicious libel trial. We should have a figure to run with by lunchtime. As Tom Kelly – rather prophetically – warned back […] more »

Gormley wins libel case against Sinn Fein

Fri 14 December 2012, 5:31pm

Tweet The BBC reports the jury verdict in Declan Gormley’s, a former non-executive director of NI Water, libel case against Sinn Féin, the party’s Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, and former assembly member Willie Clarke.  From the BBC report Declan Gormley sued the party over the contents of two press releases it issued in 2011 in support […] more »

UTV DVD “will not satisfy the request for particulars”…

Fri 23 November 2012, 4:27pm

Tweet Sam McBride has had some interesting reports to file on the Declan Gormley hearing. This from yesterday’s proceedings is more bizarre than the last one. What’s at play here is that Gormley’s lawyers are trying to get Sinn Fein’s lawyer’s to specify what evidence they have that Gormley ‘attacked’ their two MLAs… Well worth […] more »

Sinn Féin MLAs to claim ‘qualified privilege’ for press statements in NI Water libel case?

Fri 16 November 2012, 4:53pm

Tweet The BBC reports from Belfast High Court as, former non-executive director in NI Water, Declan Gormley’s libel proceedings against Sinn Féin, the party’s Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, and former assembly member Willie Clarke, heads to its court date – 26 November.  Apparently, no political party members nor NI Water employees, members and staff […] more »

Dead tree columnist prejudices public’s perception of bloggers?

Wed 8 February 2012, 7:09pm
pixelated Irish News masthead

Tweet Allison Morris made a number of contributions to this morning’s Irish News. As well as the front page article about the alleged security breach when a police officer’s personal mobile fell into the hands of dissident republicans (and its contents were subsequently passed to the Irish News), she also writes a curious opinion piece […] more »

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