Friday 19 January 2018

Shane Ross: Bank on Emily to lift the veil

Shane Ross

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.

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