Category Archives: Media coverage

Who is to blame for RTÉ’s false claim that the ‘rape tape’ was ‘tampered with’?

By William Hederman Just before its main evening television news programmes this evening (December 7th, 2011), RTÉ will broadcast what campaigners are calling an “apology” for its coverage of the so-called “rape tape” saga. RTÉ have pointed out that it … Continue reading

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Sunday Independent article about Corrib protesters was ‘significantly misleading’, Press Ombudsman finds

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against the Sunday Independent over an article by Jim Cusack about the women at the centre of the Corrib Garda “rape” recording. He has found that the article was “significantly misleading” and that it … Continue reading

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BBC radio documentary on ‘oil and gas giveaway’

A BBC radio documentary examining controversial aspects of oil and gas exploration in Ireland aired on BBC Radio Ulster today (Sunday, October 2nd, 2011). As the title suggests, ‘Ulster’s Oil and Gas Giveaway’ deals primarily with exploration north of the … Continue reading

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Surge of opposition to Rabbitte’s plan to issue licences

Despite the mounting swell of criticism from economists, commentators, campaigners and politicians, Pat Rabbitte is stubbornly insisting on granting more exploration licences – on Ireland’s notoriously bad terms – to companies keen to extract Ireland’s oil and gas reserves. In a stunning … Continue reading

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Sunday Independent smear over ‘rape tape’ backfires

Dubious claims reported by certain crime correspondents have long played a role in undermining the campaign against Shell’s inland refinery in Mayo. So when a video recording of Gardaí at the Corrib protests in Co Mayo talking about raping a woman … Continue reading

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Rabbitte’s gas price gaffe on Morning Ireland

Pat Rabbitte displayed a stunning ignorance of his brief on today’s Morning Ireland (June 1st, 2011). The notion that the Corrib project will bring down the price of gas in Ireland has been repeatedly exposed as nonsense. Yet this morning … Continue reading

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The mythical pipeline from Russia

Cork is not a county I know well, but I can say with confidence that it isn’t a politically ‘unstable region’. I don’t go to Scotland much either, but again, I know it’s not one of the notoriously volatile parts … Continue reading

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Myth-making obscures realities of Corrib

[ Opinion piece written in November 2006; offered to several newspapers; not published ] By William Hederman Minister Noel Dempsey’s latest contribution to the debate over the Corrib Gas project is a claim that a fellow TD overheard a mobile … Continue reading

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Shell meets its match in the Rossport Five

[ This article was first published in The Guardian on Friday, July 29th, 2005 ] by William Hederman The residents of the tiny village of Rossport, in the north-west corner of County Mayo on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, have been up … Continue reading

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