Journalists' rep should have checked his dictionary over debate
Published 21/02/2011 | 05:00
The 'Collins English Dictionary' defines a vested interest as a person or group that has "a strong personal concern in a state of affairs, system, etc, usually resulting in private gain".
Seamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, denies Fine Gael candidate Lucinda Creighton's assertion that unions constitute a vested interest (Letters, February 18).
In his next paragraph, he states that trade unions "exist for the benefit of members", thus overturning his own argument.