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Paul Reynolds- rte news aka garda spokesperson


joeclogs

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Having just watched the rte news I was amazed at paul reynolds reporting of the stinging criticism of the gardai by the ombudsman. This is a major story but instead his report might have been written by the garda press office (perhaps it was)and he did everything he could to downplay the seriousness of the issues raised. The ombudsman is the watchdog for the gardai and they are appalled at the lack of cooperation they are receiving, but listening to Paul they might as well be some bunch of loonies and cranks who dont know what they are talking about and are wasting lots of garda time with their silly questions. Hacks like Reynolds obviously rely on garda sources for their stories and dont want to upset them but this was embarrassing and licence payers deserve better.....
 

nonpartyboy

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It's really very simple,

something involving those at the top obfuscate, delay, review, system analysis, internal review.

something involving those at the bottom, where is the nearest tree ?
 

freewillie

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I'd prefer if the Guards were a lot quicker investigating robberies and burglaries than being occupied answering the Ombudsmans investigation into some gougers complaint
 

Mushroom

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I'd prefer if the Guards were a lot quicker investigating robberies and burglaries than being occupied answering the Ombudsmans investigation into some gougers complaint
Agreed.

Of course if rank and file Gardai were more active in rooting out the minority of scummers in their midst, rather than turning the blind eye, then the Ombudsman's Office wouldn't have to keep chasing them for all of those tiresome, time-consuming reports.
 

freewillie

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Agreed.

Of course if rank and file Gardai were more active in rooting out the minority of scummers in their midst, rather than turning the blind eye, then the Ombudsman's Office wouldn't have to keep looking for all of those tiresome, time-consuming reports.
But where would the favoured ex Gardai get jobs then if the Ombudsman wasn't employing. There's no such thing as independent in Ireland
 
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Agreed.

Of course if rank and file Gardai were more active in rooting out the minority of scummers in their midst, rather than turning the blind eye, then the Ombudsman's Office wouldn't have to keep chasing them for all of those tiresome, time-consuming reports.
The one question I have would concern how well qualified the Ombudsman is to deal with the Gardai in a way that does not waste their time. I certainly got the impression that in the Boylan case he did not quite grasp the subtleties and delicacies associated with witness protection.
 

sadmal

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Having just watched the rte news I was amazed at paul reynolds reporting of the stinging criticism of the gardai by the ombudsman. This is a major story but instead his report might have been written by the garda press office (perhaps it was)and he did everything he could to downplay the seriousness of the issues raised. The ombudsman is the watchdog for the gardai and they are appalled at the lack of cooperation they are receiving, but listening to Paul they might as well be some bunch of loonies and cranks who dont know what they are talking about and are wasting lots of garda time with their silly questions. Hacks like Reynolds obviously rely on garda sources for their stories and dont want to upset them but this was embarrassing and licence payers deserve better.....
All crime journalists rely on their garda friends for information. That's how, within an hour of someone's death, they are able to tell us if the victim was "known to Gardai". Paul Williams probably has several garda sources considering the amount of books he publishes.
 

DuineEile

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All crime journalists rely on their garda friends for information. That's how, within an hour of someone's death, they are able to tell us if the victim was "known to Gardai". Paul Williams probably has several garda sources considering the amount of books he publishes.
Don't kid yourself. These " Garda sources" are basically just the Garda Press office acting anonymously 'cause it suits them not to be attributed to the propaganda they are getting Williams to put out for them.

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freewillie

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Don't kid yourself. These " Garda sources" are basically just the Garda Press office acting anonymously 'cause it suits them not to be attributed to the propaganda they are getting Williams to put out for them.

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Did a "garda source" tell you that or did you make it up like the crime journalists do because some poor scumbag is lying dead and he cant sue
 

nationalsday

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I'd prefer if the Guards were a lot quicker investigating robberies and burglaries than being occupied answering the Ombudsmans investigation into some gougers complaint
you should know you ************************************g plant
 

Ren84

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Paul Reynolds has to fluff up his stories to a certain degree in order to keep the brass on his side and remain willing to divulge status of investigations, criminal leads, etc. Same with Paul Williams.
 

FrankSpeaks

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Paul Reynolds has displayed a total lack of objectivity in his reporting on the Martin Callinan.
 

CookieMonster

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I'd prefer if the Guards were a lot quicker investigating robberies and burglaries than being occupied answering the Ombudsmans investigation into some gougers complaint
You mean Gardaí, right? ?
 

Levellers

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Garda Reynolds should be drummed out of the NUJ for his reporting.

'Callinan. A good man done down by events outside his control.' For Christ's sake!
 

Anima

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Any media organisation committed to high standards cannot have a crime correspondent with relations in the Gardaí.
 

cogar

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PR = Paul Reynolds - he is not doing the gardai any favour with his garda press office spin on stories - the symbiotic relationship between specialist corrs and their principal news sources in damaging journalism and is lazy to say the least. The least he could say is that 'garda sources feel that ..' but do not pass off garda opinions as objective analysis.
 

Viva La Revolution!

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Listening to Garda Reynolds on RTE Lunchtime was sickening. "Callinan resigned for family reasons".
Also what has happened to Aine Lalor ? She used to be much more hard-nosed on the Morning Ireland then her current slot on Lunchtime. She's like a field mouse now with her questioning.

Talk to Joe was on after and the first guest on made a good point that Callinan's statement said that he had decided to "retire" rather than "resign". Are we ever going to do accountability in this country ?
 
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