Thursday 14 December 2017

Dobbo reaches out to Sharon over her stalking torment

Sharon Ni Bheolain
Sharon Ni Bheolain
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Sharon Ni Bheolain’s 
newsroom colleague Bryan Dobson has extended his sympathies to her in the wake of her stalking terror.

This week The Herald reported that a second man had been identified in the garda investigation into a campaign of harassment and intimidation against her.

She was subjected to a litany of “vile” emails and letters, with a second man recently questioned by investigating gardai.

Her RTE colleague Bryan said it was a “dreadful situation. But I think it’s being dealt with, and I hope it’s resolved. I’m sure anyone would feel for her.”

His comments were echoed by TV presenter Lorraine Keane, who experienced unwanted attention herself.

“It’s not nice. It’s one of those things that unfortunately when you are in the public eye, people have a little bit more access to you maybe,” she said.

Lorraine Keane
Lorraine Keane

One of RTE’s best-known anchors, Dobson also revealed how he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

But he’s not in favour of older employees “hanging around” after they reach retirement age.

“I do think it’s a good idea to pack it in at a certain stage and move over, and make room for the next generation,” he said.

“Like most people who have a job, I’m hanging on for dear life.

“From reporting on it, I know there’s a lot of people who have lost their jobs and can’t get back into work,” he added.

The 54-year-old said that while he can’t see himself leaving his post anytime soon, he does not intend to work far beyond retirement age.

Dobson and Keane were lending their support to the 21st annual Bloomsday Bike Rally.

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