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“Bishop of Limerick Rebukes Freeman’s Journal for Slanderous Attack”

On May 25, the “Freeman’s Journal” stirred controversy with a vitriolic article published under the pseudonym “Faith and Fatherland.” The piece launched a scurrilous attack against the Bishop of Limerick, prompting a swift and robust response from his Lordship.

In his rebuttal, the Bishop did not mince words, categorically denying the accusations levelled against him. He characterized the charges as “falsehoods,” “invented falsehoods,” and “deliberate lies.” His Lordship’s statement underscored his indignation at the defamatory nature of the publication, stressing the baselessness of the allegations.

The Bishop’s response highlighted a pattern of behaviour he attributed to the “Freeman’s Journal,” accusing the publication of consistently propagating falsehoods about political adversaries. “The Freeman’s Journal,” he stated, “had established its reputation so thoroughly that there is, prima facie, a strong presumption that any statement which it makes about a political opponent is a falsehood.”

This incident has sparked a broader discussion about the ethics of journalism and the responsibilities of the press in reporting on public figures. The Bishop’s forceful repudiation aims to not only clear his name but also to challenge the journalistic integrity of the “Freeman’s Journal,” calling into question the veracity of its reporting on political matters.

As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how the “Freeman’s Journal” will respond to the Bishop’s accusations and whether this incident will prompt a reassessment of journalistic standards and practices within the publication. The clash underscores the ongoing tension between public figures and the media, with truth and reputation hanging in the balance.

Evening Herald (Dublin) – Saturday 09 June 1917

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