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Malicious Daily Mirror story can only compound pain and hurt of Donna Cleary's family

7 March, 2006


Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors, Dessie Ellis and Larry O'Toole have extended their sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Donna Cleary, who was brutally murdered on Saturday night. They described as absolutely "malicious" and "highly insensitive" the story in this morning's edition of the so-called 'Irish' Daily Mirror, which has attempted to blame republicans for the killing of Donna Cleary in Coolock on Saturday night.

In a joint statement issued this afternoon the two Councillors who represent Finglas and Coolock said, "First and foremost we would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Donna Cleary, who was brutally murdered on Saturday night last. The speedy response of the Gardai to the crime and the fact that a number of arrests have already been made has to be welcomed and we both hope that all those responsible are quickly brought to justice, not withstanding that one of the chief suspects has already died.

"However, we would like to take issue with today's outrageous headline and subsequent story in the Irish edition of the British tabloid Daily Mirror. The highly insensitive manner, in which they have covered this story, and their grotesque attempts to point the finger of blame away from those responsible, can only have added to the misery and pain the Cleary family must be suffering at the moment.

"If this is what now passes for journalism in this country then it is time that the National Union of Journalists took a serious look at the issue because it is clear from what is printed in the Daily Mirror today that it is based on nothing more than the twisted imagination of the journalist who penned it and news editor who allowed its publication."

Concluding the two Councillors said, "While we have no reason to believe that anything untoward led to the death of Dwane Foster in custody it is crucial that any investigation in to his death be fully independent and transparent." ENDS

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