Tuesday 19 February 2019

Ryan Tubridy blasts New York Times pigeon article as 'shoddy journalism'

Tubridy met the cast of Anchorman 2 earlier this week
Tubridy met the cast of Anchorman 2 earlier this week

Aishling Phelan

Ryan Tubridy has blasted a New York Times article on post-Celtic Tiger Ireland calling it ''badly researched, shoddy journalism.''

Speaking on his RTÉ 2fm morning show Tubridy he said, ''It's not good news in many respects for people in Ireland - to have to put up with that nonsense,'' he said.

''As I say, badly researched, shoddy journalism,'' he added.

The controversial article by writer Liz Alderman, entitled 'Hardships Linger for a Mending Ireland', explores life in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland.

She describes 'Downtown Dublin' as quite prosperous, while people living in other areas are still living in poverty.

She cites 55-year-old John Donovan, who lives in his mother's cottage in Shankill.

''That's just shoddy, crappy journalism on the part of The New York Times.''

''It's a disappointing day for journalism, particularly for The New York Times. They should hang their heads on this one for getting it so wrong and embarrassing us as a nation,'' he said.

He described the piece as ''unforgivable journalism'' and said the writer should be brought before some form of media regulator.

He believed the article could be damaging to Ireland's reputation.

''Once it's in The New York Times, it's not just read there, it's read all over the world.''

According to the article, former businessman Mr O'Donovan said he shoots pigeons and grills them outside to save money.

Tubridy poked fun at the idea of Irish people regularly eating pigeons by inviting a caller on to discuss which types of pigeon can be eaten.

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor has also rejected that description of Ireland, along with Fine Gael councillor John Bailey.

"People can exaggerate things. I’m very proud of the people there. It’s a picturesque beautiful village. How dare anyone criticise it like that," Mr Bailey said.

The NYT corrected an error in the article stating two-thirds of Irish people did not pay their mortgage on time for the last two years.

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