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Sunday Newspapers Stupid Statements of the Week… July 9, 2017

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Anything strike people as particularly over the top?

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1. EWI - July 9, 2017

Former tanaiste Joan Burton is understood to have serious concerns about the impact of the “horrific social media assault” by far-left political figures during the Jobstown trial, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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However, well-placed sources told the Sunday Independent that Ms Burton was deeply concerned about the “extraordinarily intense and vicious” social media campaign run by Mr Murphy’s supporters throughout the nine-week trial.

Ms Burton told associates she was concerned that the jury in the trial could have been influenced by the hard left’s “social media assault”.
“It was extraordinarily intimidating and a lot of ordinary people would find it extraordinarily difficult to take,” the sources said.

One Labour Party source added that the trial might set precedents that could have “enormous implications for justice” in this country.
The source said it was “very hard to see” how younger people on the jury would not have an “awareness of social media and possibly be extremely attached to it”.

“Of course, there are a lot of people who don’t believe the social media stuff but equally, there are probably people who do believe it,” the Labour source added.

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Ms Burton has been forced to remove all social media accounts from her phone and has instructed staff members to manage her online profile because of non-stop personalised attacks.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/burtons-fears-over-social-media-35910128.html

Can we please stick a fork in the Labour Party and consider it done? I think that Joan at least would be much happier in FG.

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Jolly Red Giant - July 9, 2017

not alone was it over the top – it was an utterly disgraceful attack on Solidarity and the #JobstownNotGuily campaign – as well as a disgraceful slight on the integrity of the members of the jury.

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RosencrantzisDead - July 9, 2017

I have a feeling there will be a move to criminalise sharing trial coverage on social media or the internet along with an increase to penalties for contravening the Public Order Act in the near future.

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2. roddy - July 9, 2017

Thing is Labour joined enthusiastically with FF andFG to actually re run trials that had run their course in actual courts in an attempt to damage SF.

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WorldbyStorm - July 9, 2017

There’s certainly been a dynamic in the media of past events being run and rerun in ways that are potentially politically damaging in the present.

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3. roddy - July 9, 2017

The “rerunning” of trials actually lasted for upwards of a day on the floor of the dail with names being thrown around with abandon.

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WorldbyStorm - July 9, 2017

Not just restricted to the media so.

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4. Michael Carley - July 10, 2017

From Eoghan Harris’s Other Island:

Maybe it’s just the summer weather, but I catch the scent of public attitudes shifting. But real change will require opposition politicians stepping forward and providing principled leadership. At present, there’s more chance of Godot apologising for keeping us waiting than that sight greeting us.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/09/brexit-salvations-illusory

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5. EWI - July 10, 2017

A late contender:

‘The gun has failed, so they turn to the tongue

Kevin Myers

Bonfires and language are just displacement activities for killing people’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-gun-has-failed-so-they-turn-to-the-tongue-97dbxxtqs

It’s Myers, so you know that ‘bonfires’aren’t the point. And god forbid the dead languages of the ‘Classics’ are the preserve of zealots 😎

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