Discomfiting presence of the web

Ruth Dudley Edwards on the discomfiting presence of one rogue website and its effect on politics last week.

  • Davros

    I was surprised Roof’ didn’t mention the Hanratty
    case.

  • Andy N

    I didn’t bother to read it because of the intrusive sign on process. Shame that.

  • Davros

    Drop me a line and I’ll e mail you a copy Andy.

  • Liam

    Davros

    “I was surprised Roof’ didn’t mention the Hanratty case.”

    Well I’m not at all surprised seeing as Sinn Féin challenged the verdict of the Hanratty case in the High Court and won!!

    You really need to keep up Davros!

  • Davros

    When was this Liam ? It wasn’t covered in the press that I saw.

  • Davros

    And aren’t they being a bit naughty considering they are so upset about a certain other appeal process going against them ? 😉

  • Liam

    Davros

    When was this Liam ? It wasn’t covered in the press that I saw.

    It was in November – I know it wasn’t covered in the Press – ask yourself why the original decision in the District court was covered extensively by the Sindo and others but the High Court decision overturning that was not covered? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist!

    And aren’t they being a bit naughty considering they are so upset about a certain other appeal process going against them ? 😉

    If you’re referring to the Colombia case, the comparison does not stand up.

    In Hanratty’s case both court proceedings were in the public domain. In the Colombia case the original trial was conducted in open court where all the evidence was open to public scrutiny. However, when the verdict was overturned, it was overturned by a secret tribunal hearing no new evidence and without the public, or the defence lawyers or the independent observers, having any access to or knowledge of those secret deliberations.

    I think even you will agree that there is no comparison to be made.

  • Davros

    I was teasing Liam, it’s a beautiful day. I found the report, but it’s not very helpful, at New Ross Standard. Have they won leave to appeal or have they won the actual appeal ? How come it wasn’t covered on the SF Newsite to make up for the lack of mainstream coverage ?

  • Liam

    Sinn Féin won the case Davros, this was a very silly and minor scuffle between 2 individuals that had nothing to do with Sinn Féin. Press statements were sent out on this but I guess the media had had their original headline and weren’t bothered about covering the final outcome – that happens a lot!

  • Davros

    Come now Liam, I don’t think the intimidation of the man’s wife should be trivialised.

  • Liam

    ‘alleged’ Davros – remember all of that failed on appeal!

  • Davros

    Details Liam … was the appeal not over SF’s role, did the appeal say that the serious attack by Hanratty- a man was after all hospitalised – didn’t occur at all or that the intimidation of the victims’s wife didn’t occur ?

  • Liam

    Davros

    Why do you persist with this? Nobody was hospitalised! No intimidation occured. I am familiar with the details and personalities in this case, I don’t believe that you are.

  • Davros

    Liam, I have admitted that I wasn’t aware that SF had it’s appeal upheld, but are you saying that the Court ruled that there was no attack on Sean O’Laoghaire and no intimidation of Poilin Ni Laoghaire ?