Shane Ross: Bank on Emily to lift the veil
GOD be with the days when Emily O'Reilly was a journalist. The nation's Information Ombudsman was lost to the noble art many years ago when she crossed the line and headed for the public service.
It was a bad day for the media. Her critical faculties seemed certain to be blunted by the bureaucracy with which she is surrounded, not only as the Information Ombudsman, but also -- more topically -- as a member of today's dull-as-ditchwater Referendum Commission.
Her journalistic style rarely endeared her to her chosen subjects. I remember her inviting me to lunch when Eamon Dunphy and I were rebelling against the antics of the directors of Eircom. She wanted to write about our plans for D-Day, the imminent AGM.