- Nov 1, 2008
I think you are reaching. Nora Wall was convicted wrongly, released and had her good name restored. She went on to sue successfully at least one newspaper.This is the then Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Phil Hogan in 2002 libeling Nora Wall AND an unnamed senior official in Dept of Education (whose colleagues knew who he was)
Details were given in the Dáil last night about a retired senior official in the Department of Education who is alleged to have been involved in a Dublin-based child sex ring. At the time he was supposed to be investigating alleged child sex abuse. Fine Gael chairman Mr Phil Hogan gave details last night about the official, who retired some years ago and who "has been implicated by a victim in a rent-a-boy sex ring with convicted killer Malcolm McArthur"....Details were given in the Dáil last night about a retired senior official in the Department of Education who is alleged to have…www.irishtimes.com
The official "is the golden thread weaving through a number of centres where children were in some cases tortured and forced to have sex with animals".
I understand the reason Phil libeled this official is because he had given a good inspection report to the Sisters of Mercy child-care centre where Nora worked. And the media did nothing except briefly report his allegations - NO demand for an investigation OR for Phil Hogan to apologise for his lunatic claims. But 18 years later the same media goes hysterical over Golfgate and forces his resignation as EU Commissioner.
The viciousness and irresponsibility of the Irish media is NOT a minor issue.